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 project, jointly led by Steve Rolston and Trey Porto, uses strong photon-photon interactions mediated by Rydberg atoms for quantum netwo
Mixtures of ultracold atoms provide a range of opportunities for cold atom research beyond single-species experiments. In this project we use mixtures of 87Rb and Yb atoms to study quantum gas mixtures.
August 07, 2020
Sandy is a doctor now! He successfully defended his thesis, "Rydberg Ensembles for Quantum Networking" on August 7th. Congratulations, Sandy!
July 15, 2020
Dalia graduates! Dr. Dalia's thesis, "Experiments with Strongly-Interacting Rydberg Atoms", was successfuly defended on the Ides of July. Congratulations, Dalia!
March 18, 2020
After more than 12 years in the Atlantic building, the rubidium/ytterbium mixtures experiment is moving to the Physical Sciences Complex. The old experiment has been disassembled, with help from the PI's.
April 01, 2019
March 13, 2019
Our study of heating mechanisms of a BEC in a periodically modulated 2D optical lattice came out: PRX 9, 011047 (2019).