Research Projects

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 currently developing in colaboration with ESA novel technologies for beam steering on compact optical bread boards.  The aim of the project is to simplify existing techniques whilst increasing stability and scalability.