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.


Exotic Quantum Matter Group
Manuel Morgado
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).

Manuel Morgado

Manuel Morgado

PhD student – Exotic Quantum Matter Laboratory

Manuel is an Early Stage Researcher at the Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus doctoral programme (QUSTEC). He studies multipartite entanglement generation in arrays of optical tweezers with ultracold potassium Rydberg atoms for quantum technology applications.

Formerly, Manuel completed a 5-years Licentiate degree in Physics at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela where he studied the theory of superconducting qubits and quantum error correction codes. In 2018, he joined the École Universitaire de Recherche Quantum Science and Nanomaterials (EUR QMat) at the Université de Strasbourg. He did his Master thesis in the EQM group on “Rydberg excitation in small atomic ensembles”.

He is also an active and enthusiastic member of the Young Investigators Group of QMat (QMat & YIG).

twitter: @m_morgado10

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 professor at the University of Strasbourg and the director of the Exotic Quantum Matter laboratory the European Center for Quantum Sciences. Shannon’s expertise concerns the experimental manipulation of atoms prepared at nearly absolute zero temperature using laser cooling and trapping and the investigation and control of complex quantum effects that arise as a consequence of strong interactions.

  • 2021- Coordinator of aQCess – public quantum computing platform based on atomic qubits
  • 2020- Training manager of EU networks QUSTEC and MOQS
  • 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
  • 2010-2017 Researcher and Emmy-Noether research group leader, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2007-2010 Postdoc and Marie Curie fellow at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2007 PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia

How to reach the EQM laboratory

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

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

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