Optically trapped, ultra-cold atoms provide a natural platform for quantum simulation and quantum computing. In this project, we use cold 87Rb atoms trapped in dynamic optical lattices to study many-body physics and to explore experimental quantum control of atom states.
Welcome to the Porto Research Group
Research on ultra-cold atoms lies at the intersection of atomic physics, many-body physics, quantum optics and quantum information. Quantum physics dominates the behavior of atomic gases cooled to near absolute zero temperature, and cold trapped atoms provide an ideal experimental system for studying quantum many-body physics. Our research focuses on ultra-cold gases of Rubidium atoms and Ytterbium/Rubidium mixtures, with the goals of studying novel condensed matter systems and engineering quantum control over many-body systems, including dissipative baths.
This is a new project, jointly led by Steve Rolston and Trey Porto, to use strong photon-photon interactions mediated by Rydberg atoms for quantum
Mixtures of ultracold atoms provide a range of opportunities for cold atom research beyond single-species experiments. In this project we plan to use mixtures of 87Rb and Yb atoms to study quantum gas mixtures.
January 20, 2017
Tsz-Chun Tsui, a first year graduate student, joins the group and promptly passes the qualifier!
December 23, 2016
We published an experimental study of the stability of excited, interacting states of bosons in a double-well optical lattice in
regimes where the nonlinear interactions are expected to induce “swallowtail” looped band structure.
November 07, 2016
Pierre Bataille joins the group as a visiting masters student from ENS de Cachon.
October 25, 2016
We say goodbye (for now) to Daniel over a few pints of beer and German food. Daniel is returning to Gerhard Birkl's group to finish his Ph. D.
September 05, 2016
Brandon Grinkemeyer, a first year undergraduate who worked with us as a high school student, has joined the group.