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Dipolar Bose-Einstein Condensates and Quantum Ferrofluidity

The experimental achievement of dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates of magnetic atoms in various laboratories worldwide has realised a new form of fluid - the quantum ferrofluid -  which combines two of our most bizarre fluid types, ferrofluidity and superfluidity.  The magnetic nature of the superfluid leads to novel states, instabilities and opportunities to control the gas.  We are concerned with the dynamics of this fluid, including solitons, vortices and turbulence, exploring how the long-range and anisotropic introduce new physics beyond conventional condensates.  We have ongoing collaborations in this area with the group of Dr Andy Martin (University of Melbourne), Dr Duncan O'Dell (McMaster University) and Professor Kazimierz Rzążewski (Polish Academy of Sciences).