University of Amsterdam
The University of Amsterdam hosts the Strontium Quantum Gases group of Florian Schreck, who is also the iqClock coordinator. The group uses strontium quantum gases to study quantum many-body physics and for precision measurement. Besides the iqClock project, three projects are pursued: the creation of ultracold RbSr ground-state molecules, a Sr quantum gas microscope and a continuous atom laser. The atom laser project has delivered continuous Sr sources with unprecedented brilliance and phase-space density. These techniques form the basis of the Amsterdam contributions to iqClock.
Within iqClock we will collaborate with the Copenhagen, Torun, Vienna and Innsbruck groups to build continuously operating superradiant clocks and to investigate the foundations of superradiant lasing.
We do have open PhD and postdoc positions.
Strontium Quantum Gases group webpage: www.strontiumBEC.com
Florian Schreck uses ultracold quantum gases to explore quantum physics. After his PhD 2002 at E.N.S. Paris with Christophe Salomon and a postdoc in Austin, TX with Mark Raizen, he joined the group of Rudolf Grimm at IQOQI, Innsbruck in 2004. He founded his own research group in 2008, soon afterwards creating the first quantum gas of strontium. Another important breakthrough was to reach quantum degeneracy using only laser cooling. In 2014 he moved his group to Amsterdam, where he extended his research using an ERC consolidator grant and an NWO Vici grant. He is the coordinator of the iqClock consortium.
Shayne Bennetts (postdoc) has worked on developing steady state ultracold Strontium gases and atom lasers at the University of Amsterdam since 2014. In former lives he worked with ultracold rubidium at the Australian National University and on some of the early thulium and holmium fiber lasers, solid state lasers and the OZDIRCM project with the Australian DSTO.
Francesca Famà (PhD student) has studied in Pisa and worked on the dysprosium experiment in Giovanni Modugno's group. Now she's excited about the challenge of creating a superradiant clock.
Sheng Zhou (PhD student) has studied at the Institute for Quantum Electronics at Beijing University and worked on vapor cell atomic clocks and cold atom gyroscopes at the Chinese Academic Engineering Physics. He's passionate to push the frontiers of precision measurement.
Part of the iqClock project will be executed on the Sr atom laser apparatus under construction in Amsterdam. The following team members are mainly working on this apparatus, but will contribute with their know-how to iqClock.