23/09/2021: Congratulations Sarunas
Congratulations to Sarunas Jurgilas on successfuly defending his PhD thesis "Collisions between laser-cooled atoms and molecules". We are grateful to the examiners Prof. David DeMille and Prof. John Tisch.
13/09/2021: Congratulations Alex
Alex Clark has been appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol. This is a brilliant achievement and we all wish him a brilliant futurein Bristol. Alex has made a huge contribution to CCM over many years, and we will all be sad to see him go.
31/08/2021: New publication
Our review paper "Laser-cooled molecules" has been published in Advances in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics.
28/07/2021: Congratulations Ross
Congratulations to Ross Schofield on passing his PhD viva with his thesis "Dibenzoterrylene as a Single Photon Source: Understanding the excitation efficiency, coherence, and collection efficiency of dibenzoterrylene". Thanks to the examiners Prof. Anthony Bennett and Prof. Rupert Oulton.
26/07/2021: New collaborative research grant awarded
We are delighted that EPSRC have awarded us an International Centre-to-Centre Research Collaboration grant to work on the development of molecular quantum technologies with our colleagues at Durham, Oxford, Harvard and JILA.
23/07/2021: New publication
"An ultracold molecular beam for testing fundamental physics" has been published in the journal Quantum Science and Technology.
19/07/2021: Congratulations Shane
Congratulations to Shane de Silva on passing his PhD viva.
08/07/2021: New publication
"Collisions in a dual-species magneto-optical trap of molecules and atoms" has been published in New Journal of Physics.
05/07/2021: Welcome to our undergraduate summer students
A warm welcome to YC Wong, Chenqi Qian, Ben Miller and Benyam Dejen. It's great to have you with us over the summer.
21/06/2021: Welcome to our new MSc students
A warm welcome to Jingxuan He, Leo Charlton, Qinshu Lyu, Ludovico Iannizzotto Venezze, Ewan Mer, Sanna Al-Abdally, Louise Devanz, Shangjie Wei and Olaf Czerwinski. Thank you for joining us and good luck with your research projects.
20/06/2021: Published - From Hot Beams to Trapped Ultracold Molecules: Motivations, Methods and Future Directions
Our contribution, From Hot Beams to Trapped Ultracold Molecules: Motivations, Methods and Future Directions, to the book Molecular Beams in Physics and Chemistry; From Otto Stern's Pioneering Exploits to Present-Day Feats has now been published.
10/05/2021: Published - Single organic molecules for photonic quantum technologies
A review paper written in collaboration with our European partners has been publsihed in Nature Materials and featured on the Imperial College News. It describes how organic molecules can be used to build quantum photonic technology for sensing, communication, simulation and computation. It is also a useful starting point for people new to the field, with in depth descriptions of molecular photophysics, photon source characteristics, nanophotonics, and quantum sensors.
30/04/2021: Joseph Cotter has been awarded a new grant
The Quantum Navigation programme has been awarded a grant in collaboration with M Squared Lasers. ACCOLADE: ACcelerometry with COLd Atoms in Dynamic Environments - is funded by Innovate UK.
23/04/2021: Congratulations Julia
Congratulations to Julia Bieniewska on passing her PhD viva with her thesis "Buffer gas cooling and mid-infrared
spectroscopy of polyatomic molecules". Thanks to examiners Alex Clark and David Carty.
31/03/2021: Published - A general approach to state-dependent tweezer traps
"General approach to state-dependent optical-tweezer traps for polar molecules" shows how to trap a pair of molecules with a separation much smaller than the wavelength of the trapping light, greatly enhancing the dipole-dipole interaction between them. It is published today in Physical Review Research.
29/03/2021: Welcome to Rhys Jenkins
Rhys joins the Ultracold EDM team
01/03/2021: QSNET begins
Today we started a new project that aims to develop a clock based on vibrational transitions in ultracold molecules. We are part of the QSNET collaboration whose aim is to develop a network of clocks in the UK for testing fundamental physics. Our partners are at the University of Birmingham, University of Sussex and the National Physical Laboratory. The project is one of several within STFC's 'Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics' programme.
18/02/2021: Jongseok Lim is awarded an Ernest Rutherford Fellowship
Congratulations to Jongseok for being awarded an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. This is a brilliant achievement.
08/02/2021: Chi Zhang is awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship
Congratulations to Chi who has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to work on measuring the electron edm using ultracold molecules.
29/01/2021: Published - Characterisation of a single molecule in a photonic black box
Our paper "Coherent characterisation of a single molecule in a photonic black box" has been published in Nature Communications. We develop the theory of an emitter coupled to a photonic device, and then characterise the waveguide coupling of a single molecule placed inside a gap cut into the waveguide.
09/12/2020: Published - How ultracold molecules can be used to measure the edm
Want to know how ultracold molecules can be used to measure the electron's electric dipole moment - our paper, published today in Quantum Science and Technology, shows how.
07/12/2020: Published - Enhancing dipole-dipole interactions in tweezer traps
"Enhancing Dipolar Interactions between Molecules Using State-Dependent Optical Tweezer Traps" is published in Physical Review Letters. We show how the polarization structure of a tightly-focussed tweezer, together with the vector Stark shift, can be used to make state-dependent traps with controllable separation and how quantum gates can be implemented using this scheme.
23/10/2020: Published- Sub-Doppler spectroscopy at the single photon level
"Single-Photon-Level Sub-Doppler Pump-Probe Spectroscopy of Rubidium" is published today in Physical Review Applied.