Cooperativity in Highly Excited Rydberg Ensembles – Control and Entanglement


Funded by: European Commission  
Calls: VII Programma Quadro
Start date: 2011-09-01  End date: 2016-08-31
Total Budget: EUR 4.540.942,00  INO share of the total budget: EUR 243.868,00
Scientific manager: Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemüller   and for INO is: Arimondo Ennio

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Organization/Institution/Company main assignee: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg: Physikalisches Institut (UHEI) – Germany

other Organization/Institution/Company involved:
Aarhus Universitet: Department of Physics and Astronomy AU Denmark
CNR: Universitá di Pisa CNR-INO Italy
CNRS – Paris Sud: Laboratoire Charles Fabry / Laboratoire Aimé Cotton CNRS Fra
ETH Zürich: Laboratory of Physical Chemistry ETH Zurich Switzerland
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft: Max-Planck- Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme MPI
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg: Physikalisches Institut UHEI Germany
TOPTICA Photonics AG TOP Germany
Universidad de Granada: Departamento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear G
Universiteit van Amsterdam: Van der Waals-Zeeman Instituut Amsterdam Netherlan
University of Durham: Department of Physics UDUR UK
University of Oxford: Department of Chemistry UOXF UK
Universität Innsbruck: Institut für Theoretische Physik Innsbruck Austria
Universität Stuttgart: Physikalisches Institut USTUTT Germany

other INO’s people involved:

Martinez Valado Maria
Morsch Oliver

Abstract: The central goal of the “COHERENCE” network is the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) to the highest level of international excellence within the rapidly growing field of electronically highly excited (Rydberg) gases and aggregates. The systems range from single atoms to large mesoscopic ensembles with full control over motional and internal degrees of freedom. Recent scientific progress has primarily been made by a number of European experimental and theoretical groups which are all assembled within the network. The field of Rydberg gases is at the crossroads between various scientific areas, including condensed matter physics, biophysics, molecular physics, quantum optics and quantum information, surface science, plasma physics, and laser technology. As perspective applications of Rydberg systems are already in sight, two optics and laser development companies have joined the network delivering technological expertise and in-depth training in business matters. The elaborate and well-structured training programme includes a schedule of workshops, schools, and conferences. The training will be strongly focused on the individual researchers by assigning each of them an international Thesis Advisory Board and by designing Individual Career Development Plans. Based on the interdisciplinary character of the research, the training content will include a blend of broad scientific, technological, and complimentary skills providing excellent perspectives for successful careers in both academia and industry. ESRs will also profit from the extensive exchange programme among the participating teams based on cotutelles, short- and longterm secondments. The “COHERENCE” network investment in skilled researchers will thus ensure that Europe maintains the leading role within an important area of research and will stimulate transformation of the generated knowledge into new technologies.

INO’s Experiments/Theoretical Study correlated:
Quantum simulators based on ultra-cold Rydberg atoms