The research team led by Francesca Ferlaino focuses on the study of dipolar quantum phenomena, using strongly magnetic atomic species. In 2012, the group has created the first Bose-Einstein condensate of erbium (Er) and shortly after the first degenerate Fermi gases. With this system, Ferlaino and co-workers have explored many-body and few-body dipolar effects, such as the long-awaited observation of an interaction-driven deformation of the Fermi surface and the complex spectra of scattering resonances, which are dominated by the anisotropy of the interactions. By combining for the first time two strongly magnetic elements, erbium (Er) and dysprosium (Dy) they open the door to investigations of complex geometry-dependent quantum systems.
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