Institute for Quantum Control, Quantum Computing and Quantum Optics

The primary goal of IQ3 is to pursue a programme of world class research which exploits ultra-cold atoms and molecules for technological applications in coherent chemistry, quantum optics, quantum computing and precision measurement.


In the first phase, the research at IQ3 will explore a diverse range of quantum technologies through the development of seven scientific projects exploiting the properties of either ultra-cold atoms (A) or molecules (M) as detailed below:

A1 Neutral atom quantum computing in optical lattices:

1. Collisional gates:

2. Rydberg gates.

M1 Ultra-cold molecule formation by cross-beam collisions.

M2 Ultra-cold molecule formation by coherent control.

M3 Ultra-cold molecule formation from Bose-Einstein condensates.


Academic Staff

Charles Adams (Far-off resonance optical lattices and Rydberg atom experiments)

Simon Cornish (BEC, Feshbach resonances, and quantum degenerate mixture experiments)

Simon Gardiner (atom optics and BEC theory)

Ifan Hughes (atom optics and heteronuclear molecule experiments)

Jeremy Hutson (ultra-cold molecules theory)

Robert Potvliege (Rydberg atom theory)

Eckart Wrede (ultra-cold molecules experiment)

Postgraduate Students

Paul Griffin, Kevin Weatherill, and Matt Pritchard ( CO2 laser lattice)

Patrick Tierney and Margaret Harris ( RbCs mixtures)

Malcolm Parks ( 85Rb BEC)

Content © Matthew Pritchard, Durham University 2005