Dy Quantum Simulation
How do quantum systems thermalize when chaotic dynamics are introduced? How does quantum physics change in 1D? We explore these questions—and more—via the quantum simulation of many-body physics with quantum gases of dysprosium, the most magnetic element. Our group has pioneered the creation and study of Bose and Fermi-degenerate Dy gases. In our experiments, we exploit the long-range and anisotropic character of the dipole-dipole interaction among Dy atoms to create novel testbeds for quantum many-body physics, both within and away from equilibrium. For example, we recently made a quantum and magnetic version of the famous Newton's cradle toy. We used it to explore the breakdown of quantum integrability and the onset of thermalization in a strongly interacting quantum 1D system.
Congratulations to Dr. Yijun Tang, our newest Ph.D.!
Congratulations Nate Burdick, PhD!
We created the first spin-orbit-coupled dipolar Fermi gas with Dy! Read about it in PRX ... Read More
APS Physics Viewpoint on quantum flucuations in imploding dipolar condensates.
Congratulations to Mingwu! Dr. Mingwu Lu defended his thesis June 2014 and is now a postdoc with Prof. Jeff Kimble at Caltech.
Y. Tang, W. Kao, K.-Y. Li, S. Seo, K. Mallayya, M. Rigol, S. Gopalakrishnan, and B. L. Lev
Thermalization near integrability in a dipolar quantum Newton's cradle
Physical Review X 8, 021030 (2018).
See Editors' Choice Watching magnetic atoms thermalize in Science
See News: Quantum Physics A tiny version of this physics toy is revealing quantum secrets in ScienceNews
See Synopsis Pathway to Quantum Thermalization in APS Physics
See Research Highlight Towards thermalization in Nature Physics
See Article Toy inspires experiment on behavior of quantum systems in Stanford News
Y. Tang, N. Burdick, K. Baumann, and B. L. Lev
Bose-Einstein condensation of 162Dy and 160Dy
New Journal of Physics 17, 045006 (2015). pdf
Special Issue: Focus on New Frontiers of Cold Molecules Research
K. Baumann, N. Q. Burdick, M. Lu, and B. L. Lev
Observation of low-field Fano-Feshbach resonances in ultracold gases of dysprosium
Physical Review A, Rapid Communications, 89, 020701(R) (2014). pdf
X. Cui, B. Lian, T.-L. Ho, B. L. Lev, and H. Zhai
Synthetic gauge field with highly magnetic lanthanide atoms
Physical Review A, Rapid Communications 88, 011601(R) (2013).
M. Hafezi, Z. Kim, S. Rolston, L. Orozco, B. L. Lev, and J. Taylor
An atomic interface between microwave and optical photons
Physical Review A, Rapid communications 85, 020302(R) (2012). pdf
M. Lu, S.-H. Youn, and B. L. Lev
Trapping ultracold dysprosium: A highly magnetic gas for dipolar physics
Physical Review Letters 104, 063001 (2010). pdf
Nature Research Highlights article “Dazzling dysprosium,” February 25th, 2010.
PhysicsWorld.com news report “Ultracold magnetic atoms bode well for quantum studies,” February 18th, 2010.
S. Kobtsev, B. Lev, J. Fortagh, and V. Baraulia
Powerful narrow-line source of blue light for laser cooling Yb/Er and Dysprosium atoms
Proc. of SPIE 7578, 75782F-1 (2010). pdf