We have open positions for master students, five PhD students, postdocs and a research assistant on our RbSr project, the Sr quantum gas microscope project, the atom laser project, and within the European Quantum Flagship project iqClock.
We are especially looking for female postdoc applicants, who would have a good chance of obtaining a prestigious Ada Lovelace postdoctoral fellowship with the Quantum Software Consortium, of which we are member. This position is especially well suited for experimental work on our Sr quantum gas microscope.
A master degree or equivalent (3-4 study years + research prohject) is required to start a PhD with us. In case you do not quite fullfill these requirements, but have studied physics for at least three years, you might be interested in pursuing a master degree at UvA. Our institute financially supports a few non-Dutch students each year to study here. Please contact Florian Schreck for information.
Ultracold quantum gases allow us to explore quantum mechanics and are at the core of extremely sensitive measurement devices. To date, thirteen elements have been cooled to quantum degeneracy. Each of them has different properties that make them useful for different explorations and applications. We are studying quantum gases of strontium, an alkaline-earth element that provides us with long-lived optically excited states, ultra-narrow optical transitions and a large nuclear spin. These properties make Sr uniquely suited for exciting research projects, as you’ll see when following the links below.
SrPAL: perpetual atom laser
RbSr: RbSr ground-state molecules
SrMic: Sr quantum gas microscope
iqClock: integrated quantum clock
Prem will do his PhD on the RbSr project and Francesca and Sheng will do their PhDs on the iqClock project.
Chun-Chia obtained a PhD for his thesis An atomic marble run to unity phase-space density.
Proud and happy Chun-Chia with his paranymphs and members of the doctorate committee.
We coordinate the NWO programme Atomic Quantum Simulators 2.0 - Taming Long-range Interactions, which will create and study long-range interacting many-body systems based on RbSr ground-state molecules or ytterbium ions immersed in ultracold lithium gas. Partners in this programme are Rene Gerritsma, Gerrit Groenenboom, Servaas Kokkelmans and Cristiane Morais Smith.
We coordinate the Quantum Flagship consortium iqClock, which will build an integrated optical lattice clock and develop superradiant clocks. On this occasion Folia produced a viedo explaining optical clocks, Ad.nl presented a viedo lab tour, and De Volkskrant printed an interview.
Alessio obtained the distinction cum laude for his PhD thesis Taming ultracold RbSr and Sr2.
Nature Physics news & views: Quo vadis now, cold molecules?
Press release: Quantum LEGO: building ultracold molecules.
Press release: Towards a continuous atom laser
Our article Efficient production of long-lived ultracold Sr2 molecules was highlighted by Phys. Rev. A as "Editor's Suggestion".
Alex obtained his PhD for the thesis Ultracold strontium and rubidium: mixtures, quantum gases and molecules.
Florian Schreck received an NWO Vici grant to construct a perpetual atom laser and to use that laser for the creation of an active clock laser.
Georgios Siviloglou received a Marie Curie grant of the European Comission (SYMULGAS, No. 661171) to implement artificial gauge fields with strontium.
Benjamin Pasquiou received an NWO Veni grant to demonstrate atom interferometry using a perpetual atom laser.
UvA rector magnificus prof. Dymph van den Boom visited us and inaugurated our new labs.
Our machine is working again: we have created the first Sr BECs at UvA!
Our work on laser cooling to quantum degeneracy has been selected as one of the Top Ten Breakthroughs in Physics 2013 by Physics World, the journal of the British Institute of Physics. See also IQOQI press release and UvA press release.
Florian Schreck received an ERC consolidator grant.
Simon Stellmer has received an IQOQI dissertation prize for his work in our group.
Our group has arrived at the University of Amsterdam. And even our super fragile glass vacuum cell survived the transport despite -6°C outside temperature in Innsbruck and a huge storm in Amsterdam!
The project is hosted by the University of Amsterdam at the Institute of Physics. Funding is provided by an ERC consolidator grant (QuantStro, No. 615117), an NWO Vici grant (No. 680-47-619), an NWO Zwaartekracht grant (Quantum Software Consortium), an NWO Veni grant (No. 680-47-438), and a Marie Curie grant of the European Comission (SYMULGAS, No. 661171). Formerly the project was hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information. Funding was provided by a START prize of the FWF and the BMWF and the iSense FET-Open grant of the European Commission.