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Fundamental Quantum Physics Group Site Peter Engels

Welcome to the Fundamental Quantum Physics Lab at WSU


Congratulations to Dr. Peter Engels for recently being elected an APS (American Physical Society) Fellow! His hard work and dedication in the lab has not gone unnoticed.  The group, as well as the entire WSU Physics department, says congratulations!

Click Here to be taking to the WSU News article about Peter’s APS Fellow status.


The research in our 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 also done in the group of Prof. Doerte Blume and Prof. Michael Forbes.

Our new machine is up and running! This is the BEC formation of a Rb-87 BEC taken Dec 2015!
Our new machine is up and running! This is the formation of a Rb-87 BEC taken Dec 2015. Click on the image to view the formation!

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