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EPSRC Reference: EP/P026133/1
Title: Cooperative light propagation and spectroscopy with cold atoms
Principal Investigator: Ruostekoski, Professor J
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Aarhus University University of Paris South (Paris XI) Yeshiva University
Department: Physics
Organisation: Lancaster University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2017 Ends: 31 October 2020 Value (£): 325,836
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cold Atomic Species Light-Matter Interactions
Quantum Optics & Information
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies R&D
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Mar 2017 EPSRC Physical Sciences - March 2017 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Traditional analysis of light propagation in a medium is based on more than a century-old theories of electrodynamics of a continuous polarizable medium and its consequences such as standard optics. In cold and dense atomic gases such theories can qualitatively fail. This is because light mediates strong interactions between the atoms that establish correlations between the positions of individual atoms in the cloud. In this project we theoretically study light propagation in cold and dense atomic ensembles. The work will be done in a close collaboration with experimental groups who trap cold and dense atomic gases in laboratories. The goal is to utilize the strong light-mediated interactions in the design of better atomic systems for high-precision measurements. Improved detection techniques could, for instance, lead to more accurate time measurements, better satellite navigation and better lasers.
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