The Centre for Quantum Dynamics undertakes experimental and theoretical studies of the dynamics (the motions, and energy and momentum exchanges) of systems of particles whose behaviour is governed by quantum mechanics. Specifically, the Centre activities include research in laser and collisions atomic physics, quantum optics, atom optics, quantum mechanics and quantum computing.
Principal research problems being addressed by the Centre include elucidation of the fundamental properties of photon and electron interactions with atoms, exploration of the relation between quantum dynamics and quantum measurement, investigation of lithographic applications of atom optics, and new ideas in quantum computing.
A major theme of the Centre is to promote the cross fertilisation of ideas between the theoretical and experimental physicists involved. The work of the Centre focuses on the pursuit of leading edge research and provides an exciting environment for the training of research higher degree, honours and capable undergraduate students.