- To explore the unprecedented potential of matter-wave interferometry
- To look at (de)coherence in increasingly complex quantum systems.
BEC 1: We are constructing a coherently guided matter-wave interferometer. Our matter-waves will be made from Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC). The interferometer will consist of a novel magnetic ring-shaped waveguide based on time-averaged adiabatic potentials (TAAP). A little ‘teaser’ movie of our TAAP can be seen here.
BEC 2: We have set up a second experiment, which will look at BEC at higher atom numbers. We recently demonstrated a novel atom laser, which has a record flux of 4 x 10^7 atom/s. We also made the coldest thermal source to date (200nK). We are currently exploring the phase properties of atom lasers.
Space Optics: We are developing a novel fibre distribution board for complex optical space missions like STE-QUEST.
In the future we plan to study the kinetics of the condensation process itself. We also plan to study the rise of coherence in phase-fluctuating condensates.