Theory and Experiment

Cold Atom group in Nice.
We have 4 cold atom experiments (3 with Rubidium, 1 with Ytterbium atoms) and several hot vapor experiments. We also perform intensity correlation (Hanbury-Brown & Twiss) studies applied to astrophysics.

Our research is focused on quantum communications (QKD theory and engineering, quantum networks, quantum repeaters) , quantum information (quantum cryptography, quantum information theory) and quantum computing, in particular optical quantum computing.

Our group, led by Prof. Francesca Ferlaino, is jointly located at the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) and at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Science.

We work with the exotic and highly magnetic Erbium and Dysprosium atoms, either in the ground- or in highly excited Rydberg states. The group comprises four research teams, three experimental and one theoretical. Our three Labs works on Erbium and Dysprosium dipolar quantum gases, Er-Dy mixtures, and Er Rydberg Tweezers.

With AMO (Atom-Molecular-Optics) and photonics as a versatile platform, the Quantum Optics Group is focusing

Quantum Physics: the duality of wave and particle, generation of quantum noise squeezed states, quantum state tomography, and the dilation of quantum mechanics.

Quantum Technology: quantum metrology, quantum photonic chips, quantum-enhanced precision measurement, and the gravitational wave detectors.

Quantum Technology Finland (QTF) is a national Centre of Excellence, formed around eleven research groups focusing on experiments on single quanta in solid state and device physics, theory of open quantum systems, and engineering capability, to implement quantum technology. The Centre is coordinated by Aalto University with 8 participating groups. Other members are from the University of Helsinki (1 group) and VTT (2 groups).


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