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12/13 In spite of our best efforts to keep him in sunny CA, Vincent Klinkhamer returns to Heidelberg. We greatly enjoyed his company.

11/13 Dr. Kater Murch heads of to St. Louis to join the faculty of Washington University. See here.

06/13 Dr. Jennie Guzman is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Cal State East Bay.

06/13 Dr. Thierry Botter begins his post-doctoral fellowship at Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Lab. See his JPL profile

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Optically measuring quantized collective atomic motion

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Our research focuses on using ultracold atoms as a resource for studying aspects of condensed-matter and many-body physics, quantum and precision measurement, quantum optics and quantum atom optics. We have three experimental apparatuses which we identify numerically; currently E3, E4, and E5 are active. A new experiment, E6 is also being developed.

E3 employs atomic gases trapped within high-finesse optical resonators to study cavity opto-mechanics and cavity magneto-optics. E4 is pursuing the physics of quantum fluids in annular containers as well as that of a spinor Bose gas and its excitations. Finally, E5 creates a BEC in an optical kagome lattice to try to understand the physical properties that arise in material systems due to this interesting crystal structure.

We are always on the lookout for excellent students, postdocs, and visitors to join our efforts. Feel free to peruse this website and then to contact us for more information. You may also read through several review papers

Recent Research Highlights

Standard quantum limit of force sensitivityKagome superlattice
Standard quantum limit of force sensitivityA tunable optical kagome lattice
Stokes thermometry of collective atomic motionQuadrature dependence of ponderomotive squeezing
Quantization of collective atomic motionObservation of ponderomotive squeezing
Control-theory model of optomechanicsEquilibrium dynamics of spin textures
Linear amplifier model of cavity optomechanicsEquilibrium dynamics of spin textures in a spinor Bose gas
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