Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

 

We explore quantum phenomena using lasers to prepare atoms at nearly absolute zero temperature and to control their crucial interaction properties.

Team

Exotic Quantum Matter Group
Tobias Wintermantel
Sayali Shevate
Alda Arias
Graham Lochead
Yibo Wang
Shannon Whitlock
Exotic Quantum Matter Group

Exotic Quantum Matter Group

EQM group at the Physics Institute, University of Heidelberg From left to right: Philipp Fabritius (now ETH-Zurich), Alda Arias, Graham Lochead, Stephan Helmrich, Shannon Whitlock, Tobias Wintermantel and Henrik Hirzler (Now University of Amsterdam).

Tobias Wintermantel

Tobias Wintermantel

Doctoral student – Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

Tobias is currently pursuing a joint PhD between the University of Strasbourg and the University of Heidelberg in the context of the collaborative research center “Isolated Quantum Systems and Universality in Extreme Conditions”. His research includes laser cooling and high resolution imaging of ultracold potassium atoms, and in the Exotic Quantum Matter group he aims to explore how long-range interactions mediated by Rydberg states give rise to new phases and dynamics of quantum gases.

  • Since 2017: Doctoral researcher, University of Strasbourg and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität , Heidelberg.
  • 2016: Master of Science in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität , Heidelberg
  • 2015: Internship, Laser application center TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, Ditzingen, Germany
  • 2014: Study abroad and internship at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
  • 2013: Bachelor of Science in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität , Heidelberg, Germany
Sayali Shevate

Sayali Shevate

Doctoral student – Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

Alda Arias

Alda Arias

Doctoral student, Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

Graham Lochead

Graham Lochead

Post doctoral researcher – Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

Yibo Wang

Yibo Wang

Post doctoral Researcher – Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

Dr. Yibo Wang obtained his PhD degree in 2017, under the supervision of Professor Peter Hannaford at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. During his PhD he helped create novel one-dimensional and two-dimensional lattices for trapping Bose-Einstein condensates using permanent magnetic nanostructures. His experimental research concerns the creation of novel atom trapping geometries for quantum simulation and quantum computation.

In October 2017, Yibo Wang took up a post-doc position at the University of Strasbourg to work on the USIAS project. The aim of the project is to establish a fully programmable quantum dynamics simulator with Rydberg atoms to study quantum and classical transport in complex networks and to mimic the fundamental processes at play in biological networks such as photosynthetic light harvesting complexes. By finding the ingredients leading to the most efficient and robust quantum transport, the team hopes to answer longstanding questions concerning the role of quantum coherence in photosynthesis and devise new methods for classifying complex quantum networks.

Shannon Whitlock

Shannon Whitlock

Shannon Whitlock is the director of the Exotic Quantum Matter laboratory at the University of Strasbourg. Shannon’s expertise concerns the experimental manipulation of atoms prepared at nearly absolute zero temperature using laser cooling and trapping and the investigation of complex quantum effects which arise when the interactions among the atoms are manipulated.

  • 2018- Co-coordinator of the International Graduate School “Quantum Science and Nanomaterials – QMat
  • 2016 “Chaire attractivité recherche” prize of the Initiative d’Excellence (IdEx) at the University of Strasbourg
  • 2013-2017 Emmy-Noether research group leader, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2010-2013 Senior postdoc, Quantum Dynamics group, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2008-2018 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2007 PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia

Contact

As a place to do research, Strasbourg is unmatched in terms of its cultural and scientific diversity. We offer the possibility to do exciting experiments embedded in an exceptionally rich research environment. If you are interested in joining our group as a masters student, doctoral student, or postdoctoral fellow, do not hesitate to contact us!

We expect strong motivation and commitment to research. Previous experience in the fields of quantum physics or atomic, molecular and optical physics will be beneficial.

Applications in the form of a letter of interest and a CV should be submitted to Shannon Whitlock

Dr Shannon Whitlock
Laboratoire Matière Quantique Exotique
Universite de Strasbourg – ISIS
8, allée Gaspard Monge
67083 STRASBOURG Cedex
France

Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 51 64
Secretary: +33 (0)3 68 85 52 04
Email: whitlock@ipcms.unistra.fr

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