A Bridge to the Quantum World


Monika Aidelsburger uses a special type of optical lattice to simulate quantum many-body phenomena that are otherwise inaccessible to experimental exploration. She has now been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to pursue this work.

Over the past decade, researchers led by Professor Immanuel Bloch, who holds a Chair in Experimental Physics at LMU, have developed several techniques and strategies to probe the secrets of the quantum world. Much progress has been made, but many phenomena of interest remain unexplored, and theoretical schemes are often difficult to test. Bloch’s team is primarily interested in quantum interactions that can be modelled using ultracold gases trapped in optical lattices formed by laser beams. Dr. Monika Aidelsburger, leader of a research group in Bloch‘s department, has now been awarded a highly endowed Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to extend this line of work. Her aim is to use ultracold ytterbium atoms trapped in optical lattices to simulate models of quantum behavior in condensed matter on a scale that is three orders of magnitude larger than in real solids.

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