Recent Publications

Topological pumping in a Floquet-Bloch band
Joaquín Minguzzi; Zijie Zhu; Kilian Sandholzer; Anne-Sophie Walter; Konrad Viebahn; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 2112.12788 (2021)
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Self-oscillating geometric pump in a dissipative atom-cavity system
Davide Dreon; Alexander Baumgärtner; Xiangliang Li; Simon Hertlein; Tilman Esslinger; Tobias Donner
Arxiv preprint 2112.11502 (2021)
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Floquet engineering of individual band gaps in an optical lattice using a two-tone drive
Kilian Sandholzer; Anne-Sophie Walter; Joaquín Minguzzi; Zijie Zhu; Konrad Viebahn; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 2110.08251 (2021)
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Long-range interacting quantum systems
Nicolò Defenu; Tobias Donner; Tommaso Macrì; Guido Pagano; Stefano Ruffo; Andrea Trombettoni
Arxiv preprint 2109.01063 (2021)
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Dissipation-engineered family of nearly dark states in many-body cavity-atom systems
Rui Lin; Rodrigo Rosa-Medina; Francesco Ferri; Fabian Finger; Katrin Kroeger; Tobias Donner; Tilman Esslinger; R. Chitra
Arxiv preprint 2109.00422 (2021)
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Observing dynamical currents in a non-Hermitian momentum lattice
Rodrigo Rosa-Medina; Francesco Ferri; Fabian Finger; Nishant Dogra; Katrin Kroeger; Rui Lin; R. Chitra; Tobias Donner; Tilman Esslinger
Arxiv preprint 2108.11888 (2021)
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Welcome to
Prof. Tilman Esslinger's
Quantum Optics Group

In our research we use ultracold atoms to synthetically create key models in quantum many-body physics.

The properties of the trapped quantum gases are governed by the interplay between atomic motion and a well characterized interaction between the particles. This conceptual simplicity is unique in experimental physics and provides a direct link between the experiment and the model describing the system. It enables us to shine new light on a wide range of fundamental phenomena and address open challenges.

We explore the physics of quantum phase transitions and crossovers, low-dimensional systems and non-equilibrium dynamics, and thereby establish the basis for quantum simulation of many-body Hamiltonians.

For example, by loading a quantum degenerate gas of potassium atoms into the periodic potential of an optical lattice we realize Hubbard models with atoms and access superfluid, metallic and Mott-insulating phases. A many-body system with infinitely long-range interactions is formed by trapping a Bose-Einstein condensate inside an optical cavity, which has allowed us to observe the Dicke quantum phase transition from a normal to a superradiant phase. We also work on extending the concepts of quantum simulations to device-like structures connected to atomic reservoirs, using a combination of high-resolution microscopy and transport measurements.

We acknowledge funding from SNF and ETH Zürich, NCCR QSIT, SBFI QUIC and the European Union (ERC TransQ, ERC Marie Curie TopSpiD, ETN ColOpt).




19 November 2021
Tilman Esslinger was listed as "Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Physics - 2021" by Clarivate™ Analytics
A big thank you goes to all coauthors, coworkers and the entire team!

17 September 2021
Xiangliang Li successfully defended his PhD thesis.

15 September 2021
Nicola joins the group
Nicola Reiter started her PhD in the Cavity team. Welcome!

24 August 2021
Open Postdoc position
We have a Postdoc position opening in the Cavity lab. Visit our open positions page for more informations and do not hesitate to contact Prof. Esslinger!

18 August 2021
Tilman wins 2021 BEC Awards!
The Toptica BEC Senior Award 2021 has been awarded to Tilman “for his pioneering work on ultracold quantum gases in optical lattices, topological systems, quantum gases in cavities and quantum transport”. Congratulations!


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