Fundamental tests of quantum mechanics with ultracold atomic gases (2011–2014)

The project addresses an open fundamental question in physics of how quantum mechanics applies to non-microscopic realms, that is to systems of mesoscopic and macroscopic sizes. The project will provide theoretical guidance to Australia's research effort to experimentally demonstrate - for the first time - quantum 'entanglement' between large, spatially separated ensembles of ultracold atoms. Apart from being of quintessential importance to validating some of the foundational principles of quantum mechanics in new realms, controlled generation of large-scale entangled systems is important for harnessing them for the development of future quantum devices, as well as for enabling new insights into unification of quantum theory with gravity.
Grant type:
ARC Future Fellowships
Funded by:
Australian Research Council