quantum optics

The research group is located at IESL-FORTH (iesl.forth.gr) in Crete (Greece). It is currently operating two BEC machines and an experiment dedicated to space optics.

BEC 1: Our long-term aim is to construct a coherently guided matter-wave interferometer. We have recently demonstrated the first guiding of matterwaves over macroscopic distances without affecting the internal coherence of the Bose-Einstein Condensates (BEC), i.e. to guide them without any heating or atom-loss. The interferometer will consist of a novel magnetic ring-shaped waveguide based on time-averaged adiabatic potentials (TAAP).

BEC 2: Our second experiment, which looks at BEC at higher atom numbers. We recently demonstrated a novel atom laser, which has a record flux of 4 x 10^7 atom/s. We also made the coldest thermal source to date (200nK). We are now using our novel QUIC trap plus adiabatic potentials to look at phase properties of large elongated condensates. In the future we plan to study the kinetics of the condensation process itself. We also plan to study the rise of coherence in phase-fluctuating condensates.

Space Optics: We are developing with ESA (ESA.eu) a novel fibre distribution board for complex optical space missions like STE-QUEST.


Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas
N. Plastira 100, 70013
35° 18' 21.924" N, 25° 4' 17.652" E

Photonic quantum networks would enable quantum computing, guaranteed-secure communications and enhanced sensing capabilities, running at high bandwidths in ambient conditions

Application deadline: 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

We are currently recruiting PhD students in three different areas of experimental quantum physics. All three positions are fully funded, with a yearly salary of about €33000, with access to Sweden’s strong social security net.

The areas are 1) cavity QED microscope for single molecules, 2) Quantum computing in rare-earth crystals, 3) slow and fast light applications, described in more detail below.

1) Quantum optics in the context of chemical physics

Application deadline: 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented postdoc willing to join the team undertaking the "First Team" research project entitled Integrated optics in time-frequency domain: a new versatile platform for quantum technologies, funded by the Foundation for Polish Science. The project aims at research in the field of theoretical condensed matter as well as theoretical and experimental quantum optics. The research is carried out in international collaboration with groups from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and the University of Paderborn (Germany), with support from companies: Raith, Airbus Defence and Space, GMV Innovating Solutions, Lambda System and Semicon. The team is hosted by the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw.

Application deadline: 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Background information-- The NRC is Canada’s federal research and technology organization. The AMO physics team at NRC has a long history of scientific excellence dating from the foundational work of Gerhard Herzberg. The team currently consists of active theoretical and experimental staff scientists with expertise in ultrafast femto- and attosecond physics, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, quantum electronics, fibre photonics and related fields.

Application deadline: 

Friday, August 31, 2018


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