Welcome to the quantum optics lab

We explore fundamental quantum physics with atoms, photons and phonons and harness it for applications in quantum technology. In our experiments we study many-particle entanglement in Bose-Einstein condensates, explore hybrid atom-optomechanical systems, and develop quantum memories and sensors with atomic vapour cells. Our research combines experiment with theory, employing techniques of atomic physics, quantum optics and optomechanics. A common goal of our activities is to investigate quantum physics in systems of increasing size and complexity.

News from the lab


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

Dr. Janik Wolters was awarded a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Commission for the project "Cold atom-semiconductor quantum interface" - congratulations! We thank the European Union for the generous support and hope that…

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant

The European Research Council has awarded a Starting Grant to Prof. Philipp Treutlein for the project "Modular mechanical-atomic quantum systems", which is scheduled to start in early 2016. We thank the European Union for generously…

Widefield Microwave Imaging in Alkali Vapor Cells With Sub-100 μm Resolution

We record images of microwave fields with sub-100 μm resolution using a microfabricated alkali vapor cell. The setup can additionally image dc magnetic fields, and can be configured to image microwave electric fields. Our technique could…

An Artificial Rubidium Atom in a Semiconductor

In collaboration with the Warburton group, we have developed a semiconductor quantum dot single photon source that emits transform-limited photons at 780 nm, the wavelength of the Rubidium D2 line. The quantum dot photons are tuned into…

Sympathetic Cooling of a Membrane Oscillator in a Hybrid Mechanical-Atomic System

We have used ultracold atoms to cool the vibrations of a nanomechanical membrane from room-temperature to 650 mK. While sympathetic cooling with atoms has previously been used to cool other microscopic particles, we extend it to the cooling…