Strontium Rydberg Gases

A research group from the
University of Science and Technology of China

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Strongly-correlated gases of ultracold strontium Rydberg atoms

We are currently building up an experiment to produce and study ultracold gases of strontium atoms which we subsequently want to excite to high-lying electronic (Rydberg) states. Strontium, as an earth-alkaline element, offers different features as compared to alkali atoms, which are commonly used in experimental ultracold atomic physics. It is our plan to pursue the study of strongly interacting Rydberg gases, taking advantage of an efficient BEC formation scheme, and possibly using an optical lattice for Rydberg atoms or an autoionization detection scheme.

Our laboratory is based at the Shanghai Institute of Advanced Studies. Here we are embedded into the Division of Quantum Physics and Quantum Information of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). Our Chinese-European mixed team is the result of a fruitful collaboration with the Quantum Dynamics group at the Physikalisches Institut of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

News of our group

15.11.2017: We published the characterization of our 2D-MOT atom source of cold strontium atoms in Physical Review A

27.07.2017: We reached a temperature of 1.5 µK in our narrowband MOT, measured by the time of flight technique.

21.03.2017: Today we for the first time saw evidence for our second-stage MOT operating on the red (689 nm) intercombination transition.

09.03.2017 3D-MOT of strontium realized!

Our first 3D MOT

13.04.2016: 2D-MOT of strontium realized!

Our first 2D MOT

17.08.2015: We welcome Chen Peng (陈鹏) who joined our group as an associated professor (特任副研究员)

21.09.2014: We welcome Jan Blume, a new master student from Heidelberg, in our group.

17.09.2014: After a long trip overseas, our tables arrived!

Our optical tables

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