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State-dependent forces in cold quantum gases

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posted on 03.04.2019 by CHRISTOPHER JAMES BILLINGTON
This thesis develops a new way of modelling atoms that behave quantum mechanically on the inside, but classically on the outside. Doing so makes modelling the salient physics tractable. Prior to this technique, treating the outside of an atom classically failed to reproduce a bedrock experiment of quantum mechanics—the Stern–Gerlach experiment. I also report on the conception and flourishing of a control and analysis software suite for experiments in quantum science. This open-source project empowers experimenters to compose human-readable narratives upon their apparatus and has been adopted by a dozen groups worldwide.

History

Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Kristian Peter Helmerson

Additional supervisor 1

Lincoln Turner

Additional supervisor 2

Russell Anderson

Year of Award

2018

Department, School or Centre

Physics and Astronomy

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Science

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