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Department of Physics

Atomic and Molecular Physics

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Section Head: Prof Simon Cornish

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

The Durham Atomic and Molecular Physics Group (AtMol) is a partner in the Joint Quantum Centre (JQC) Durham-Newcastle, broadly dedicated to varied aspects of quantum science. The JQC was founded in 2012, and is composed of members from Durham Physics and Chemistry, and Newcastle Applied Mathematics and Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

Our research covers a range of experimental and theoretical topics, with a particular strength in the experimental and theoretical study of atom-light interactions, ultracold molecules, trapped atomic and molecular gases and Bose-Einstein condensates. Active experimental projects currently include:

  • Rydberg polaritons and non-linear optics
  • Bright matter-wave solitons
  • Ultracold Strontium Rydberg Physics
  • Slowlight in atomic vapours
  • Creation of ultracold polar molecules
  • Creation of cold beams of charged particles
  • Two species mixture of quantum degenerate Bose gases
  • Electromagnetically induced transparency -Ultracold polar molecules

Theoretical topics currently studied include:

  • Theory of atomic Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Quantum chaos in atomic systems
  • Atoms and ions in intense laser pulses
  • Atomic and molecular processes in the interstellar medium
  • Theory of interacting Rydberg gases
  • Quantum computing theory and simulation