We are always looking for talented and motivated people to join our group. We currently have the following DPhil project available:
Single impurity in a dipolar Bose-Einstein Condensate
A single impurity interacting with a quantum bath is a simple (to state) yet rich many-body paradigm that is relevant across a wide sweep of fields from condensed matter physics to quantum information theory to particle physics. The aim of this project is to create a highly controllable setting in which to study this physics. This starting point for this project will be our existing Erbium cold-atom machine. The special feature of Erbium atoms is their large magnetic dipole moments which result in long-range and anisotropic dipole-dipole interactions in addition to the short-range contact interactions more normally seen in cold atom systems. This project will involve adding a second atomic species to the experiment and using the resulting system to study a range of topics from polaron physics to information flow in open quantum systems.
Those interested should contact the Group Leader, Dr Robert Smith at robert.smith (at) physics.ox.ac.uk.