JQC member writes commentary for landmark experiment
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Rydberg Atoms Shed Light on Terahertz Waves
Nick Parker writes invited "Viewpoints" commentary for the first experiment to observe the von Karman vortex street in a superfluid.
Come and learn more about the range of exciting research opportunities in atomic and molecular research from current PhD students and supervisors within the Joint Quantum Centre (JQC). The JQC joins Durham Atomic and Molecular Physics and Newcastle Quantum Fluids and Gases (Applied Mathematics and Mechanical and Systems Engineering) with members of Durham Chemistry Theory and Dynamics. Projects are available in all these areas.
The JQC is a Joint Research Centre, broadly dedicated to varied aspects of quantum science and technology. 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.
An international collaboration led by Dr. Christoph Weiss, Durham University, UK, currently investigates the influence of temperature on one-dimensional (1D) attractive gases. Trains or narrow rivers are examples of effectively one-dimensional motion in our three-dimensional world. In winter rivers are less likely to freeze than, say, lakes. Scientists had expected that this also is true for quantum systems. Surprisingly, attractively interacting Bose gases in a very elongated, thus effectively one-dimensional "tube", display a low-temperature behaviour similar to water turning into ice.
When we go the coast, the fascinating thing about waves is that they change all the time in shape and size while they approach the beach. However, in a canal, you can also find a different type of wave, bright solitons - waves that do not change their shape. In very cold gases, quantum versions of these waves can be realised experimentally. In a publication by a team lead by Dr. Christoph Weiss from Durham University in the North-East of England, Dr. Bettina Gertjerenken used computers to show how these quantum waves can measure tiny forces.
Quantum science and technology underpins the understanding of matter, radiation, and their interaction, and devices such as atomic clocks and SQUIDs. Our core mission is to conduct fundamental and applied research in this area, interfacing physics, chemistry and applied mathematics.
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