The Bose-Einstein condensates of Erbium and Dysprosium coexist and interact with each other.

The experimental investigation of ultracold quantum matter makes it possible to study quantum mechanical phenomena that are otherwise hardly accessible. A team led by Francesca Ferlaino has now succeeded for the first time in mixing quantum gases of the strongly magnetic elements Erbium and Dysprosium and creating a dipolar quantum mixture.

Illustration: Luis Veloso

Innsbruck quantum physicists have constructed a diode for magnetic fields and then tested it in the laboratory. The device, developed by the research groups led by the theorist Oriol Romero-Isart and the experimental physicist Gerhard Kirchmair, could open up a number of new applications.

Quantum computer

Innsbruck Physics will be funded with up to 5 million euros over the next three years for research into future quantum technologies. Scientists at the University of Innsbruck and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences are collaborating in five international consortia for the development of quantum computers, quantum simulators, optical clocks and a future quantum Internet.

Lauriane Chomaz (Foto: Matthew Brookes)

The New Journal of Physics Editorial Board, the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) have selected Dr. Lauriane Chomaz, a young scientist in the group of Francesca Ferlaino, as the winner of the New Journal of Physics Early Career Award for 2018.

The spiral wavefront of the elliptically polarized light hits the lens at a slight angle, leading to the impression that the source of the light is somewhat off its actual position. Illustration: IQOQI Innsbruck/Harald Ritsch

Scientists at TU Wien, the University of Innsbruck and the ÖAW have for the first time demonstrated a wave effect that can lead to measurement errors in the optical position estimation of objects. The work now published in Nature Physics could have consequences for optical microscopy, but could also play a role in position measurements using sound, radar, or gravitational waves.

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