The research in the Fundamental Quantum Physics lab is aimed at the experimental investigation of ultracold, quantum degenerate atomic gases for studying fundamental quantum physics. When a cloud of atoms is cooled to ultra-low temperatures (in the nano-Kelvin regime) and enters quantum degeneracy, the matter-wave characteristic of atoms becomes apparent and leads to peculiar dynamics. Bosons can form a new state of matter called a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), while fermions form an equally intriguing degenerate Fermi gas (DFG). The experimental realization of ultracold quantum gases has revolutionized the way in which the quantum mechanical foundation of nature can be studied and harnessed in the laboratory. To see what we have been up to recently, please see our News page!
Theoretical research in this area at WSU is performed in the group of Prof. Michael Forbes.
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The Fundamental Quantum Physics Lab welcomed two new postdocs to the group! Dr. Ethan Crowell is joining from Prof. Mark Kuzyk’s group at WSU where he studied theoretical nonlinear optical systems, and Dr. Thomas Bersano is returning to the group from Boulder, CO. Welcome to Dr. Crowell and welcome back to Dr. Bersano!
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