ColOpt’s research programme focuses on collective interactions of structured light with laser-cooled cold and quantum-degenerate matter. Collective, nonlinear dynamics and spontaneous self-organization are abundant in nature, sciences and technology and of central importance.

Building on this interdisciplinary relevance, a particular novelty of ColOpt is the integration of classical and quantum self-organization. We will explore innovative control of matter through opto-mechanical effects, identify novel quantum phases, enhance knowledge of long-range coupled systems and advance the associated trapping, laser and optical technologies, thus establishing new concepts in quantum information and simulation.

© Dept of Physics, University of Strathclyde, & Institut Non Lineaire de Nice.

Scientific work packages

ColOpt research is divided into four work packages which are outlined below. These work packages are supported by fifteen individual Early Stage Research projects

1. Spatial self-organization (Lead: INLN-CNRS)

This WP studies the spontaneous emergence of regular spatial order from optomechanical nonlinearities in cold atomic ensembles as well as quantum degenerate gases.

2. Novel trapping schemes and complex light fields ( Lead: UGLAS)

This WP advances light trapping tools for application in quantum information technology realizing complex, unconventional and disordered potentials and to store information in quantum coherences.

3. Collective scattering and coupled dipoles ( Lead: UMIL)

This WP addresses phenomena of collective scattering and interaction of dipoles emerging at high optical density due to the interaction of many atomic dipoles.

4. Laser technology ( Lead: EKUT)

Two leading European laser manufacturers will advance the performance of Ti:Sapphire and semiconductor laser systems.