**May 17 2017**

**19.05.:Talk on a "Nonequilibrium Phase Diagram in a long-range interacting system"**

On Friday, 19.05.17, at 10:15 am in room 2.21, Tim Keller is going to give a talk in our group seminar on a "Nonequilibrium Phase Diagram in a long-range interacting system"

**May 15 2017**

**16.05.: Talk on "Kinks in a classical nonlocal nonlinear field theory"**

On Tuesday, 16.05.17, at 9 am in room 4.18, Andreas Buchheit is going to give a talk in our group seminar on "Kinks in a classical nonlocal nonlinear field theory".

**May 08 2017**

**9.5.: Talk on "Emergence of coherence and the dynamics of quantum phase transitions"**

On Tuesday, 9.5.17 at 10 am, Shraddha Sharma is going to give a talk in our group seminar on the "Emergence of coherence and the dynamics of quantum phase transitions".

Title and abstract:

Emergence of coherence and the dynamics of quantum phase transitions

Simon Braun, Mathis Friesdorf , Sean S. Hodgman, Michael Schreibera, Jens Philipp Ronzheimer, Arnau Riera, Marco del Reye , Immanuel Bloch, Jens Eisert , and Ulrich Schneider

The dynamics of quantum phase transitions pose one of the most challenging problems in modern many-body physics. Here, we study a prototypical example in a clean and well-controlled ultracold atom setup by observing the emergence of coherence when crossing the Mott insulator to superfluid quantum phase transition. In the 1D Bose–Hubbard model, we find perfect agreement between experimental observations and numerical simulations for the resulting coherence length. We, thereby, perform a largely certified analog quantum simulation of this strongly correlated system reaching beyond the regime of free quasiparticles. Experimentally, we additionally explore the emergence of coherence in higher dimensions, where no classical simulations are available, as well as for negative temperatures. For intermediate quench velocities, we observe a power-law behavior of the coherence length, reminiscent of the Kibble–Zurek mechanism. However, we find nonuniversal exponents that cannot be captured by this mechanism or any other known model.

**March 29 2017**

** 5.4: Ctrl-Q Lecture on "Quantum Machine Learning" by V. Dunjko**

Dr. Vedran Dunjko, University of Innsbruck

Wednesday April 5th at 11:00, in HS001 E1.3, Computer Science Department

Title: Machine learning and Quantum Information Processing: a perfect match

Abstract:

The nascent field of Quantum Machine Learning has been generating a substantial buzz in the last few years.

The broad theme of this field is the interplay between the disciplines of quantum information processing (QIP) and of machine learning (ML). The research is thus typically driven by one of two basic questions. The first question focuses on the ways in which QIP can help in ML problems. The complementary line of research studies the extent to which ML can be beneficially applied in QIP tasks. In this overview talk, I will present the basic ideas behind quantum computing and information processing. I will draw parallels between features of QIP and aspects of machine learning, which suggest that quantum effects may play an integral role in improved learning algorithms. While some of the features require full blown quantum computers, some can be addressed using near term devices.

This will be illustrated through a selection of recent results which probe the potential and limitations of quantum-enhanced learning, followed by a snapshot of fresh proposals addressing the complementary question of exploiting ML techniques in quantum experiments.

These results suggest not only that (Q)ML applications may be among the best reasons to build quantum computers in the first place (barring perhaps quantum simulations and cryptography), but also that ML may significantly help bringing about large-scale quantum computers. I will finish the talk with a perspective on the field we have developed in Innsbruck, which also touches the arguably broader topic of the interplay of artificial general intelligence and quantum mechanics.

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**March 29 2017**

**4.4.-6.4.: Dr. Vedran Dunjko (University of Innsbruck) visits uns.**

Dr. Vedran Dunjko (University of Innsbruck) visits uns and will give a lecture on April 5th on Quantum Machine Learning.

**February 28 2017**

We welcome Francesco Rosati as a new group member. Francesco will make his PhD studies at Saarland University within the European ITN ColOpt.

**February 24 2017**

**1-4.03.2017: Visit of Dr. Giulia De Rosi (University of Trento)**

Dr. Giulia De Rosi (University of Trento) will be visiting us from 01.03 to 04.03. On Thursday 02.03 at 10.30 in room 4.18 she will give a talk about: "Collective oscillations of trapped atomic gases in low dimensions: a tool for the investigation of collisional processes".

Abstract:

Since 20 years, both theoretical and experimental investigation of collective oscillations has been carried out in trapped quantum gases. Fermionic and bosonic gases at different interaction, temperature, dimensions and geometrical configurations have been studied. We show a unified description of collective modes for all above atomic gases. All collective frequencies have been calculated by solving a single equation for the fl ow velocity derived starting from the hydrodynamic equations. Moreover, by using the sum- rule approach, we predict a different excitation signal at high temperature for the dipole compression mode in the hydrodynamic (single frequency) and collisionless (beating of 2 frequencies) regime for a one dimension (1D) harmonically trapped Bose gas. This theoretical prediction opens promising perspectives for the experimental investigation of collisional effects in 1D.

References:

[1] G. De Rosi and S. Stringari,
"Collective oscillations of a trapped quantum gas in low dimensions",

Phys. Rev. A 92 , 053617 (2015)

[2] G. De Rosi and S. Stringari,
"Hydrodynamic versus collisionless dynamics of a one-dimensional
harmonically trapped Bose gas" ,

Phys. Rev. A 94 , 063605 (2016)

**February 20 2017**

**24.02.2017: Visit by Nahuel Freitas (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)**

Nahuel Freitas (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) will visit us on Friday 24.02.2017. He will give a talk at 10.00 in room 4.18 on "Fundamental limits for cooling of linear quantum refrigerators".

Abstract:

I study the asymptotic dynamics of a network of oscillators whose frequencies and couplings are periodically driven while coupled with a number of bosonic reservoirs. I obtain exact results for the heat currents coming into the system from each reservoir (valid beyond the usual weak coupling, weak driving or Markovian approximations). I use these expressions to rigorously prove the validity of the dynamical version of the third law of thermodynamics (Nernst unattainability principle) in this context. The fundamental limit for cooling is imposed by a heating process which is present at zero temperature. It consists of the non resonant creation of pairs of excitations in the reservoirs by the driving field. It is intrinsically quantum, it is linked to the dynamical Casimir effect and it is not captured by usual perturbative treatments. Thus, for any cooling strategy there is a minimum attainable temperature, that we estimate for some relevant examples. Experimental proposals will also be discussed.

**February 15 2017**

**15.02.2017: Visit by Julian Leonard (ETH Zürich)**

Julian Leonard from ETH Zürich is visiting us.

**February 07 2017**

** 7.2.2017: Visit of Dr. Nicolo Defenu and Prof. Dr. TIlman Enns, University of Heidelberg**

Dr. Nicolo Defenu and Prof. Dr. TiIlman Enns from the University of Heidelberg are visiting us today.

**February 01 2017**

**We welcome Prof. Dr. Simone Montangero!**

We welcome Prof. Dr. Simone Montangero, who joins the physics department as Heisenberg fellow of the German Research Foundation.

**January 26 2017**

**26.01.2017 "Rechnen mit Nichts", Prof. Dr. Giovanna Morigi, Saarland University**

#### "Rechnen mit Nichts"

Prof. Dr. Giovanna Morigi, Saarland University.Physikalisches Kolloquium und Ringvorlesung über Nichts.

Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, 18:30.

Alle physikalischen Systeme besitzen einen stabilen Zustand, der die minimal mögliche Energie hat. Für das elektromagnetische Feld ist dieses der Zustand mit Null Energiequanten, das "Vakuum". Während mit diesem Begriff in der klassischen Physik der leere Raum - das Nichts - bezeichnet wurde, ist das Elektromagnetische Vakuum in der Quantenphysik keineswegs ohne Eigenschaften und lässt sich zum Beispiel sogar zum Rechnen mit quantenmechanischen Zuständen in einem Quantencomputer nutzen, sowie um hochpräzise Messungen durchzuführen.

**January 19 2017**

**19.01.2017 "Reise bis zum Urknall", Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel, University of Heidelberg**

#### "Unser dunkles Universum"

Prof. Dr. Johanna Stachel, University of Heidelberg.Physikalisches Kolloquium und Ringvorlesung über Nichts.

Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, 18:30.

Die Physik kann die Entwicklung des Universums um ca. 14 Milliarden Jahre zurückverfolgen, bis zu Sekundenbruchteilen nach dem Urknall. Diese Zeitreise liefert gleichzeitig einen Blick auf die kleinsten Bestandteile der Materie und auf die Kraftfelder, von denen der leere Raum zwischen ihnen erfüllt ist.

**January 18 2017**

**18.01.2017: We congratulate B.Sc. Frederic Folz!**

We congratulate Frederic Folz for his Bachelor degree "Ueber ein auf verzoegerter Rueckkopplung basierendes Modell zur axonalen Laengenregulation".

**January 11 2017**

**11-13.01.2017 visit of Prof. George Batrouni (University Sophia Antipolis, Nice)**

Prof. George Batrouni (University Sophia Antipolis, Nice) visits our group from January 11th till January 13th. On January 12th he will give a colloquium with the title "Quantum Monte Carlo Study Of The Rabi-Hubbard and Dicke models"

Abstract:

Many-body physics with light is attracting increasing interest for quantum technological applications and for the novel insights it offers on photon-matter interactions at the limits. In this talk I will first recall and review the dynamics of periodic photonic structures, which are theoretically described by the extension of the Rabi and the related Jaynes-Cummings and Dicke models. I will then present the Rabi lattice (RLM) and the Jaynes-Cummings (JC) lattice models. After a brief review of the JC model phase diagram, I will present our work on the phase diagram of the RLM using mean field and QMC simulations. I will also discuss our work in progress on a realization of the Dicke model, and compare our predictions with experimental results recently obtained by the group of Tilmann Esslinger at ETH in Zürich.

**January 10 2017**

**We congratulate Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Schütz!**

We congratulate Stefan Schütz for the successful defence of his PhD thesis!

**January 02 2017**

**Visit by Christian Arenz (Princeton University)**

Christian Arenz, a former member of our group and now PostDoc at Princeton University, will visit us on Friday 06.01.2017. He will give a talk at 12 am in room 4.18 on 'Universal control induced by noise'.

Abstract:

Typically the interaction of a quantum system with its environment is considered to be detrimental for quantum information processing. Quantum features one wants to use for quantum information tasks are washed out quickly so that the implementation of quantum gates becomes noisy. In recent decades, however, it has been observed that the environment can also have a beneficial effect. Rather than fighting against the environment, dissipative state preparation and dissipative quantum computing are valuable alternatives to unitary gate designs.

Here we show that the environment can be used as a resource to increase the set of operation that can be implemented with a set of controls. Instead of decreasing the fidelity for implementing a unitary operation, on the basis of the quantum Zeno effect we show that a strong noise process exhibiting a decoherence free subspace can raise the fidelity. The action of the strong dissipation allows the implementation of gate operations that cannot be realized without the help of the dissipation and even full control can be achieved. We discuss our findings on several examples and study how the process fidelity scales with the noise strength.

**December 13 2016**

**13.12.2016: We congratulate M.Sc. Tim Keller!**

We congratulate Tim Keller to his Masters degree on "Atomic self-organization in multi-mode cavities".

**December 13 2016**

**13.12.2016: We congratulate M.Sc. Rebecca Kraus!**

We congratulate Rebecca Kraus to her Masters degree on "Atom localization in quasi-periodic light potentials".

**December 05 2016**

**08.12.2016: Colloquium by Prof. Joachim Weickert**

This Thursday, 08.12.2016 at 4 pm (ct) in C6.4 HS II, Prof. Joachim Weickert from the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Saarland University, will give a talk on "Image Processing and Computer Graphics with Models from Physics".

**November 26 2016**

**29.11: "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016", colloquium by Prof. F. Iglói (Budapest)**

Prof. Ferenc Iglói (Wigner Research Center for Physics, Budapest, Hungary) will give a talk with the title "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2016: Topology in condensed matter physics" on Tuesday 29.11.2016 in Hörsaal 1 (Gebäude C 6.4).

**November 23 2016**

**29.11 Visit of Dr. Andrey Grankin (Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau)**

Dr. Andrey Grankin (Institut d'Optique, Palaiseau) will visit us on 29.11 and will give a talk is the seminar session "Many-body physics with Light" on Tuesday at 12.00 in room 4.18 with the title "Theoretical studies of optical non-linear effects in ultracold Rydberg gases".

**November 23 2016**

**28.11: Visit of Dr. Anahit Gogyan (IPR-NAS)**

Dr. Anahit Gogyan (IPR-NAS: Institute for Physical Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia) will visit us on Monday 28.11 and will give a talk at 14.00 in room 4.18 in the seminar session "Many-body physics with Light" with the title "Generation of quantum states in single-atom-cavity QED and in atomic ensembles".

**November 22 2016**

**27.-29.11: Visit of Francesco Rosati (Uni Trento and Pisa)**

Francesco Rosati (Uni Trento and Pisa) will visit us from 27.11 to 29.11 and will give a talk is the seminar session "Many-body physics with Light" on Monday 28.11 at 10.00 in room 4.18 with the title "Goldstino mode in supersymmetric Bose-Fermi mixtures".

**November 21 2016**

**25.11: Visit of Prof. Tommaso Calarco (Uni Ulm)**

Prof. Tommaso Calarco (Uni Ulm) will be visiting us on 25.11.

**November 17 2016**

Our article **Laser and cavity cooling of a mechanical resonator with a nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond** has been published in the 1 November 2016 issue of Physical Review A (Vol.94, No.5).

#### Laser and cavity cooling of a mechanical resonator with a nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond

Luigi Giannelli, Ralf Betzholz, Laura Kreiner, Marc Bienert, and Giovanna MorigiPhys. Rev. A 94, 053835

We theoretically analyze the cooling dynamics of a high-Q mode of a mechanical resonator, when the structure is also an optical cavity and is coupled with a nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center. The NV center is driven by a laser and interacts with the cavity photon field and with the strain field of the mechanical oscillator, while radiation pressure couples the mechanical resonator and cavity field. Starting from the full master equation we derive the rate equation for the mechanical resonator's motion, whose coefficients depend on the system parameters and on the noise sources. We then determine the cooling regime, the cooling rate, the asymptotic temperatures, and the spectrum of resonance fluorescence for experimentally relevant parameter regimes. For these parameters, we consider an electronic transition, whose linewidth allows one to perform sideband cooling, and show that the addition of an optical cavity in general does not improve the cooling efficiency. We further show that pure dephasing of the NV center's electronic transitions can lead to an improvement of the cooling efficiency.

**November 14 2016**

**20-25.11: Visit of Dr. Magdalena Stobińska (Uni Gdansk)**

Dr. Magdalena Stobińska (Uni Gdansk) will visit us from 20.11 to 25.11 and will give a talk is the seminar session "Many-body physics with Light" on Tuesday 22.11 at 9.00 in room 4.18.

**November 08 2016**

**Visit of Prof. Dr. Michael Kastner (Stellenbosch, South Africa)**

Prof. Dr. Michael Kastner (Stellenbosch, South Africa) is visiting us.

**November 02 2016**

**3.11.2016 "Unser dunkles Universum", Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann, University of Heidelberg.**

#### "Unser dunkles Universum"

Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann, University of Heidelberg.Physikalisches Kolloquium und Ringvorlesung über Nichts.

Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, 18:30.

Unsere Vorstellung vom Universum ist im Lauf der letzten etwa 15 Jahre erheblich präziser geworden. Ausgehend von Albert Einsteins allgemeiner Relativitätstheorie und zwei einfachen Annahmen wurde schon in den 20er Jahren des letzten Jahrhunderts das moderne kosmologische Weltmodell konstruiert, das nun durch eine Vielzahl verschiedener Beobachtungen als glänzend bestätigt gelten kann. Zwei sehr ernst zu nehmende Schlussfolgerungen daraus sind höchst rätselhaft: Bei weitem die meiste Materie im Universum muss aus einer unbekannten, dunklen Materie bestehen, die nicht mit Licht wechselwirken kann. Dazu kommt, dass das Universum etwa seit der Hälfte seines heutigen Alters von einer abgebremsten in eine beschleunigte Ausdehnung übergegangen ist. Wir machen dafür eine weitere dunkle Substanz verantwortlich, die dunkle Energie, von der wir aber noch weniger wissen als von der dunklen Materie.

**November 02 2016**

3.-4.11.2016: Simone Montangero (University of Ulm) visits the physics department. On Thursday, November 3rd, he gives a colloquium with the title Extreme simulations for quantum technologies at the MPI of Computer Science.

The colloquium takes place on Thursday 3.11 at 13:00 in Building E1.4, MPI-INF, Room 024.

**October 25 2016**

**Visit by David Mukamel (Weizmann Institute, Israel) and Haggai Landa (LPTMS, Paris)**

David Mukamel and Haggai Landa are visiting us for a discussion.

**October 24 2016**

**New article: Resonance fluorescence of a laser-cooled atom in a non-harmonic potential**

Our article **Resonance fluorescence of a laser-cooled atom in a non-harmonic potential** has been published in the most recent volume of European Physical Journal D.

#### Resonance fluorescence of a laser-cooled atom in a non-harmonic potential

Ralf Betzholz and Mark BienertEur. Phys. J. D (2016) 70: 215

We investigate a single laser driven atom trapped in a non-harmonic potential. We present the performance of ground-state laser cooling and Doppler cooling and the signatures of the center-of-mass motion in the power spectrum of the scattered light. In order to illustrate the results we provide two explicit examples for the confining potential: the infinite square well and the Morse potential.

**October 18 2016**

**New article: Master equation for high-precision spectroscopy**

Our article **Master equation for high-precision spectroscopy** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review A.

#### Master equation for high-precision spectroscopy

Andreas Alexander Buchheit and Giovanna MorigiPhys. Rev. A 94, 042111 (2016)

The progress in high-precision spectroscopy requires one to verify the accuracy of theoretical models such as the master equation describing spontaneous emission of atoms. For this purpose, we apply the coarse-graining method to derive a master equation of an atom interacting with the modes of the electromagnetic field. This master equation naturally includes terms due to quantum interference in the decay channels and fulfills the requirements of the Lindblad theorem without the need of phenomenological assumptions. We then consider the spectroscopy of the 2S-4P line of atomic Hydrogen and show that these interference terms, typically neglected, significantly contribute to the photon count signal. These results can be important in understanding spectroscopic measurements performed in recent experiments for testing the validity of quantum electrodynamics.

**October 17 2016**

**A Lecture Series on "Nichts" ("Nothing") for the "Jahr des Nichts 2016"**

November 3 2016 - January 26 2017

Taking place on Thursday 18:30 Uhr, in the Stadtgalerie or Rathausfestsaal, Saarbrücken.

Event program

Nov. 3 2016, 18:30 Uhr, Stadtgalerie: The first talk is given by Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann, Zentrum für Astronomie, Universität Heidelberg on "Unser Dunkles Universum".

**October 07 2016**

**Visit by Nicolo Defenu (SISSA, Trieste) and Valentin Torggler (Innsbruck), October 4-7th **

**October 07 2016**

**We congratulate Dr. rer. nat. Ralf Betzholz for the successful defence of his PhD thesis.**

**September 28 2016**

**4.-6. October 2016: Project Meeting "Quantum Crystals of Matter and Light"**

Taking place in Saarbrücken, Campus E2.6, room E.04.

**September 23 2016**

**We congratulate Dr. rer. nat. Florian Cartarius for the successful defence of his PhD thesis**

Grenoble, September 22nd. We congratulate Florian Cartarius, who successfully defended his PhD thesis in Grenoble in front of a jury of international recognized scientists. The PhD project is a cotutelle agreement between the University of Grenoble Alpes and Saarland University, the studies were performed under the joint supervision of Anna Minguzzi, Research Director at CNRS in Grenoble, and Giovanna Morigi.

**September 08 2016**

**New article: Ultracold bosons with cavity-mediated long-range interactions**

Our article **Ultracold bosons with cavity-mediated long-range interactions: A local mean-field analysis of the phase diagram** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review A.

#### Ultracold bosons with cavity-mediated long-range interactions: A local mean-field analysis of the phase diagram

Astrid E. Niederle, Giovanna Morigi, and Heiko RiegerPhys. Rev. A 94, 033607 (2016)

Ultracold bosonic atoms in optical lattices self-organize into a variety of structural and quantum phases when placed into a single-mode cavity and pumped by a laser. Cavity optomechanical effects induce an atom density modulation at the cavity-mode wavelength that competes with the optical lattice arrangement. Simultaneously short-range interactions via particle hopping promote superfluid order such that a variety of structural and quantum coherent phases can occur. We analyze the emerging phase diagram in two dimensions by means of an extended Bose-Hubbard model using a local mean-field approach combined with a superfluid cluster analysis. For commensurate ratios of the cavity and external lattice wavelengths, the Mott insulator-superfluid transition is modified by the appearance of charge density wave and supersolid phases, at which the atomic density supports the buildup of a cavity field. For incommensurate ratios, the optomechanical forces induce the formation of Bose-glass and superglass phases, namely, nonsuperfluid and superfluid phases, respectively, displaying quasiperiodic density modulations, which in addition can exhibit structural and superfluid stripe formation. The onset of such structures is constrained by the on-site interaction and is favorable at fractional densities. Experimental observables are identified and discussed.

**August 29 2016**

**New article: Optomechanical many-body cooling to the ground state using frustration**

Our article **Optomechanical many-body cooling to the ground state using frustration** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review A and has been highlighted as an editor's suggestion.

#### Optomechanical many-body cooling to the ground state using frustration

Thomás Fogarty, Haggai Landa, Cecilia Cormick, and Giovanna MorigiPhys. Rev. A 94, 023844 (2016)

We show that the vibrations of an ion Coulomb crystal can be cooled to the zero-point motion through the optomechanical coupling with a high-finesse cavity. Cooling results from the interplay between coherent scattering of cavity photons by the ions, which dynamically modifies the vibrational spectrum, and cavity losses, that dissipate motional energy. The cooling mechanism we propose requires that the length scales of the crystal and the cavity are mismatched so that the system is intrinsically frustrated, leading to the formation of defects (kinks). When the pump is strong enough, the anti-Stokes sidebands of all vibrational modes can be simultaneously driven. These dynamics can be used to prepare ground-state chains of dozens of ions within tens of milliseconds in state-of-the-art experimental setups. In addition, we identify parameter regimes of the optomechanical interactions where individual localized modes can be selectively manipulated, and monitored through the light at the cavity output. These dynamics exemplify robust quantum reservoir engineering of strongly correlated mesoscopic systems and could find applications in optical cooling of solids.

**August 26 2016**

**New article: Buckling Transitions and Clock Order of Two-Dimensional Coulomb Crystals**

Our article **Buckling Transitions and Clock Order of Two-Dimensional Coulomb Crystals** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review X.

#### Buckling Transitions and Clock Order of Two-Dimensional Coulomb Crystals

Daniel Podolsky, Efrat Shimshoni, Giovanna Morigi, and Shmuel FishmanPhys. Rev. X 6, 031025

Crystals of repulsively interacting ions in planar traps form hexagonal lattices, which undergo a buckling instability towards a multilayer structure as the transverse trap frequency is reduced. Numerical and experimental results indicate that the new structure is composed of three planes, whose separation increases continuously from zero. We study the effects of thermal and quantum fluctuations by mapping this structural instability to the six-state clock model. A prominent implication of this mapping is that at finite temperature, fluctuations split the buckling instability into two thermal transitions, accompanied by the appearance of an intermediate critical phase. This phase is characterized by quasi-long-range order in the spatial tripartite pattern. It is manifested by broadened Bragg peaks at new wave vectors, whose line shape provides a direct measurement of the temperature-dependent exponent η(T) characteristic of the power-law correlations in the critical phase. A quantum phase transition is found at the largest value of the critical transverse frequency: Here, the critical intermediate phase shrinks to zero. Moreover, within the ordered phase, we predict a crossover from classical to quantum behavior, signifying the emergence of an additional characteristic scale for clock order. We discuss experimental realizations with trapped ions and polarized dipolar gases, and propose that within accessible technology, such experiments can provide a direct probe of the rich phase diagram of the quantum clock model, not easily observable in condensed matter analogues. Therefore, this work highlights the potential for ionic and dipolar systems to serve as simulators for complex models in statistical mechanics and condensed matter physics.

**August 16 2016**

**New article: Dissipation-Assisted Prethermalization in Long-Range Interacting Atomic Ensembles**

Our article **Dissipation-Assisted Prethermalization in Long-Range Interacting Atomic Ensembles** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review Letters.

#### Dissipation-Assisted Prethermalization in Long-Range Interacting Atomic Ensembles

Stefan Schütz, Simon B. Jäger, and Giovanna MorigiPhys. Rev. Lett. 117, 083001

We theoretically characterize the semiclassical dynamics of an ensemble of atoms after a sudden quench across a driven-dissipative second-order phase transition. The atoms are driven by a laser and interact via conservative and dissipative long-range forces mediated by the photons of a single-mode cavity. These forces can cool the motion and, above a threshold value of the laser intensity, induce spatial ordering. We show that the relaxation dynamics following the quench exhibits a long prethermalizing behavior which is first dominated by coherent long-range forces and then by their interplay with dissipation. Remarkably, dissipation-assisted prethermalization is orders of magnitude longer than prethermalization due to the coherent dynamics. We show that it is associated with the creation of momentum-position correlations, which remain nonzero for even longer times than mean-field predicts. This implies that cavity cooling of an atomic ensemble into the self-organized phase can require longer time scales than the typical experimental duration. In general, these results demonstrate that noise and dissipation can substantially slow down the onset of thermalization in long-range interacting many-body systems.

**August 04 2016**

**New article: Mean-field theory of atomic self-organization in optical cavities**

Our article **Mean-field theory of atomic self-organization in optical cavities** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review A.

#### Mean-field theory of atomic self-organization in optical cavities

Simon B. Jäger, Stefan Schütz, and Giovanna MorigiPhys. Rev. A. 94, 023807

Photons mediate long-range optomechanical forces between atoms in high-finesse resonators, which can induce the formation of ordered spatial patterns. When a transverse laser drives the atoms, the system undergoes a second-order phase transition that separates a uniform spatial density from a Bragg grating maximizing scattering into the cavity and is controlled by the laser intensity. Starting from a Fokker-Planck equation describing the semiclassical dynamics of the N-atom distribution function, we systematically develop a mean-field model and analyze its predictions for the equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium dynamics. The validity of the mean-field model is tested by comparison with the numerical simulations of the N-body Fokker-Planck equation and by means of a Bogoliubov-Born-Green-Kirkwood-Yvon (BBGKY) hierarchy. The mean-field theory predictions well reproduce several results of the N-body Fokker-Planck equation for sufficiently short times and are in good agreement with existing theoretical approaches based on field-theoretical models. The mean field, on the other hand, predicts thermalization time scales which are at least one order of magnitude shorter than the ones predicted by the N-body dynamics. We attribute this discrepancy to the fact that the mean-field ansatz discards the effects of the long-range incoherent forces due to cavity losses.

**July 29 2016**

**New article: Localization transition in the presence of cavity backaction**

Our article **Localization transition in the presence of cavity backaction** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review A.

#### Localization transition in the presence of cavity backaction

Katharina Rojan, Rebecca Kraus, Thomás Fogarty, Hessam Habibian, Anna Minguzzi, and Giovanna MorigiPhys. Rev. A. 94, 013839

We study the localization transition of an atom confined by an external optical lattice in a high-finesse cavity. The atom-cavity coupling yields an effective secondary lattice potential, whose wavelength is incommensurate with the periodicity of the optical lattice. The cavity lattice can induce localization of the atomic wave function analogously to the Aubry-André localization transition. Starting from the master equation for the cavity and the atom we perform a mapping of the system dynamics to a Hubbard Hamiltonian, which can be reduced to the Harper's Hamiltonian in appropriate limits. We evaluate the phase diagram for the atom's ground state and show that the transition between extended and localized wave function is controlled by the strength of the cavity nonlinearity, which determines the size of the localized region and the behavior of the Lyapunov exponent. The Lyapunov exponent, in particular, exhibits resonancelike behavior in correspondence with the optomechanical resonances. Finally we discuss the experimental feasibility of these predictions.

**July 15 2016**

**We congratulate Dr. Jens Baltrusch!**

We congratulate Dr. rer. nat. Jens Baltrusch for the successful defense of his PhD thesis with the title "Quenches across structural transitions in ion Coulomb crystals".

**July 12 2016**

Alexey Konovalov (St. Petersburg University) is participating in a traineeship at our group for the next three weeks.

**June 28 2016**

**24.06-14.07.16: Visit of Cecilia Cormick **

Cecilia Corm (Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina) is visiting us. On Wednesday 07.07.2016 in seminar room 2 in builing E2.5, she will give a talk on "Simulating spin-bosons with trapped ions".

**June 03 2016**

**New Article: Crossover from Classical to Quantum Kibble-Zurek Scaling**

Our article **Crossover from Classical to Quantum Kibble-Zurek Scaling** has been published in the most recent volume of Physical Review Letters.

#### Crossover from Classical to Quantum Kibble-Zurek Scaling

Pietro Silvi, Giovanna Morigi, Tommaso Calarco, and Simone MontangeroPhys. Rev. Lett. 116, 225701

The Kibble-Zurek (KZ) hypothesis identifies the relevant time scales in out-of-equilibrium dynamics of critical systems employing concepts valid at equilibrium: It predicts the scaling of the defect formation immediately after quenches across classical and quantum phase transitions as a function of the quench speed. Here, we study the crossover between the scaling dictated by a slow quench, which is ruled by the critical properties of the quantum phase transition, and the excitations due to a faster quench, where the dynamics is often well described by the classical model. We estimate the value of the quench rate that separates the two regimes and support our argument using numerical simulations of the out-of-equilibrium many-body dynamics. For the specific case of a ϕ^4 model we demonstrate that the two regimes exhibit two different power-law scalings, which are in agreement with the KZ theory when applied to the quantum and classical cases. This result contributes to extending the prediction power of the Kibble-Zurek mechanism and to providing insight into recent experimental observations in systems of cold atoms and ions.

**May 10 2016**

**16-18.05.2016: Visit of Shamik Gupta**

Shamik Gupta (Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany) is visiting us. On Tuesday 17.05.2016 at 9 am in room 4.18 he will give a talk on 'Long-range interacting systems driven out of equilibrium'.

Abstract: Systems with long-range interactions have an inter-particle
interaction potential that decays slower than 1/r^d in d dimensions.
Examples are widespread, from plasmas, dipolar ferroelectrics and
ferromagnets, to gravitational systems. After a brief introduction to
unusual static and dynamic properties of long-range systems, I will dwell
on the question: What happens when a long-range system is driven out of
thermal equilibrium by, e.g., an impulsive kick? In similar situations,
short-range systems would typically relax to another thermal equilibrium
with a uniform temperature across the system. By contrast, a long-range
system relaxes to non-Boltzmann nonequilibrium stationary states that
support a non-uniform temperature profile across the system. More striking
and counterintuitive is the observation of temperature inversion in such a
state: denser parts of the system are colder than dilute ones. Such
inversions occur in nature, e.g., in the solar corona and in interstellar
molecular clouds. We demonstrate how an interplay of wave-particle
interaction and spatial inhomogeneity offers a simple and appealing
mechanism to explain temperature inversion in generic long-range systems.

**May 10 2016**

**16-17.05.2016: Visit of Haggai Landa**

Haggai Landa (Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS), Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France) is visiting us.

**April 27 2016**

**New Article: Supercooling of Atoms in an Optical Resonator**

Our recent article **Supercooling of Atoms in an Optical Resonator** has been highlighted as an Editors' Suggestion in the most recent volume of Physical Review Letters.

#### Supercooling of Atoms in an Optical Resonator

Minghui Xu, Simon B. Jäger, S. Schütz, J. Cooper, Giovanna Morigi, and M. J. HollandPhys. Rev. Lett. 116, 153002 (2016)

We investigate laser cooling of an ensemble of atoms in an optical cavity. We demonstrate that when atomic dipoles are synchronized in the regime of steady-state superradiance, the motion of the atoms may be subject to a giant frictional force leading to potentially very low temperatures. The ultimate temperature limits are determined by a modified atomic linewidth, which can be orders of magnitude smaller than the cavity linewidth. The cooling rate is enhanced by the superradiant emission into the cavity mode allowing reasonable cooling rates even for dipolar transitions with ultranarrow linewidth.

**March 09 2016**

**10.03.2016: Talk of Thomás Fogarty**

Thursday 10.03.2016 at 9:30 in room 4.18 Dr. Thomas Fogarty (OIST, Okinawa) is giving a lecture on "static friction for optical refrigeration of solids".

**February 15 2016**

**17-19.02.16 Visit of Nicolò Defenu**

Nicolò Defenu (SISSA Trieste) is visiting us and will give a talk on Wednesday 17th of February at 13.30 in room 4.18. He will talk about "Anisotropic Long Range Systems".

**February 01 2016**

**04.02.16: Visit of Florian Marquardt**

Florian Marquardt (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) is visiting us and will give a talk on Thursday 4th of February in the Physikalisches Kolloquium at 16.15.

**January 26 2016**

**New Article: Formation of helical ion chains**

#### Formation of helical ion chains

R. Nigmatullin, A. del Campo, G. De Chiara, G. Morigi, M. B. Plenio, and A. Retzker

Phys. Rev. B 93, 014106 (2016)

We study the nonequilibrium dynamics of the linear-to-zigzag structural phase transition exhibited by an ion chain confined in a trap with periodic boundary conditions. The transition is driven by reducing the transverse confinement at a finite quench rate, which can be accurately controlled. This results in the formation of zigzag domains oriented along different transverse planes. The twists between different domains can be stabilized by the topology of the trap, and under laser cooling the system has a chance to relax to a helical chain with nonzero winding number. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to obtain a large sample of possible trajectories for different quench rates. The scaling of the average winding number with different quench rates is compared to the prediction of the Kibble-Zurek theory, and a good quantitative agreement is found.

**January 26 2016**

**28.01.2016: Visit of Tilman Pfau**

Tilman Pfau (Universität Stuttgart) is visiting us.

**January 25 2016**

**25.01.2016: Visit of Haggai Landa**

Haggai Landa (Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS), Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France) is visiting us.

**January 06 2016**

**13-14.01.2016: Visit of Leticia F. Cugliandolo**

Leticia F. Cugliandolo (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris) is visiting us and will give a talk on Thursday 14th of January in the Physikalisches Kolloquium at 16.00.

She will talk about phase ordering kinetics in two dimensions.

**January 06 2016**

**13-14.01.2016: Visit of Simone Montangero and Pietro Silvi**

Simone Montangero and Pietro Silvi (Institute for Complex Quantum Systems - University of Ulm) are visiting us.

**December 11 2015**

**New Article: Dynamical depinning of a Tonks Girardeau gas**

#### Dynamical depinning of a Tonks Girardeau gas

Florian Cartarius, Eiji Kawasaki, Anna Minguzzi

Phys. Rev. A 92, 063605 (2015)

We study the dynamical depinning following a sudden turn off of an optical lattice for a gas of impenetrable bosons in a tight atomic waveguide. We use a Bose-Fermi mapping to infer the exact quantum dynamical evolution. At long times, in the thermodynamic limit, we observe the approach to a nonequilibrium steady state, characterized by the absence of quasi-long-range order and a reduced visibility in the momentum distribution. Similar features are found in a finite-size system at times corresponding to half the revival time, where we find that the system approaches a quasisteady state with a power-law behavior.

**December 11 2015**

**14.12.2015: Visit of Christiane Koch**

Christiane Koch is visiting us.

**December 11 2015**

**14.-15.12.2015: Visit of Francesco Piazza**

Francesco Piazza visits us and will give a talk on Tuesday 15.12.2015 in the group seminar @09.00 in 4.18.

**December 07 2015**

**New Article: Thermodynamics and dynamics of atomic self-organization in an optical cavity**

#### Thermodynamics and dynamics of atomic self-organization in an optical cavity

Stefan Schütz, Simon B. Jäger, and Giovanna Morigi

Phys. Rev. A 92, 063808 (2015)

Pattern formation of atoms in high-finesse optical resonators results from the mechanical forces of light associated with superradiant scattering into the cavity mode. It occurs when the laser intensity exceeds a threshold value such that the pumping processes counteract the losses. We consider atoms driven by a laser and coupling with a mode of a standing-wave cavity and describe their dynamics with a Fokker-Planck equation, in which the atomic motion is semiclassical but the cavity field is a full quantum variable. The asymptotic state of the atoms is a thermal state, whose temperature is solely controlled by the detuning between the laser and the cavity frequency and by the cavity loss rate. From this result we derive the free energy and show that in the thermodynamic limit self-organization is a second-order phase transition. The order parameter is the field inside the resonator to which one can associate a magnetization in analogy to ferromagnetism, the control field is the laser intensity, but the steady state is intrinsically out of equilibrium. In the symmetry-broken phase, quantum noise induces jumps of the spatial density between two ordered patterns: We characterize the statistical properties of this temporal behavior at steady state and show that the thermodynamic properties of the system can be extracted by detecting the light at the cavity output. The results of our analysis are in full agreement with previous studies; we extend them by deriving a self-consistent theory which is valid also when the cavity field is in the shot-noise limit and elucidate the nature of the self-organization transition.

**December 06 2015**

**10.12.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of A.Langenbucher**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Achim Langenbucher**

Medizinische Fakultät der Universität des Saarlandes

**Donnerstag, 10. Dezember 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Zukunft (Richard-Wagner-Str. 14-16, 66111 Saarbrücken)**

*Licht, medizinisch gesehen *

Kurzdarstellung:

Medizinisch gesehen hat Licht zwei komplementäre Aspekte: Das Auge als Licht

wahrnehmendes Organ ist Untersuchungsgegenstand der Ophthalmologie, in welcher

Medizin, Biologie und Physik zusammenfließen.

Gleichzeitig wird Licht, weit über die Augenheilkunde hinaus, als Werkzeug zur

Diagnose und Heilung verwendet. Wir beleuchten einige dieser Aspekte anhand

konkreter Beispiele aus der wissenschaftlichen und klinischen Praxis.

**December 04 2015**

**07-11.12.2015: Visit of Valentin Torggler**

Valentin Torggler (Innsbruck) is visiting us and will give a talk on Monday 7th of December in our group meeting at 11.00.

**December 02 2015**

**New Article: Nanofriction in Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics**

#### Nanofriction in Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics

T. Fogarty, C. Cormick, H. Landa, Vladimir M. Stojanović, E. Demler, and Giovanna Morigi

Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 233602 (2015)

The dynamics of cold trapped ions in a high-finesse resonator results from the interplay between the long-range Coulomb repulsion and the cavity-induced interactions. The latter are due to multiple scatterings of laser photons inside the cavity and become relevant when the laser pump is sufficiently strong to overcome photon decay. We study the stationary states of ions coupled with a mode of a standing-wave cavity as a function of the cavity and laser parameters, when the typical length scales of the two self-organizing processes, Coulomb crystallization and photon-mediated interactions, are incommensurate. The dynamics are frustrated and in specific limiting cases can be cast in terms of the Frenkel-Kontorova model, which reproduces features of friction in one dimension. We numerically recover the sliding and pinned phases. For strong cavity nonlinearities, they are in general separated by bistable regions where superlubric and stick-slip dynamics coexist. The cavity, moreover, acts as a thermal reservoir and can cool the chain vibrations to temperatures controlled by the cavity parameters and by the ions’ phase. These features are imprinted in the radiation emitted by the cavity, which is readily measurable in state-of-the-art setups of cavity quantum electrodynamics.

**November 29 2015**

**05.11.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of R. Bennewitz and J. Eschner**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

** Roland Bennewitz**

Leibnitz-Institut für neue Materialien GmbH, Saarbrücken

**& Jürgen Eschner **

Experimentalphysik, Universität des Saarlandes

**Donnerstag, 03. Dezember 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Zukunft (Richard-Wagner-Str. 14-16, 66111 Saarbrücken)**

*Einzelne Atome im Licht der Physik und der Philosophie *

Kurzdarstellung:

Was bedeutet “Sehen” in der mikroskopischen Welt? Physiker zeigen gerne Bilder von

Atomen, es wird sogar daran geforscht, einzelne Atome zur Speicherung von

Information einzusetzen. Aber können wir einzelne Atome oder Moleküle tatsächlich

sehen? Was “sieht” man auf solchen Bildern? Darf man aus dem Gesehenen schließen,

dass es Atome gibt? Wir beleuchten diese Fragen aus physikalischer und aus

philosophischer Sicht.

**November 22 2015**

**05.11.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of F. Lautenschläger**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Franziska Lautenschläger**

Experimentalphysik, Universität des Saarlandes

**Donnerstag, 26. November 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Zukunft (Richard-Wagner-Str. 14-16, 66111 Saarbrücken)**

*Farbiges Licht verschafft Einblicke in Zellen des Immunsystems *

Kurzdarstellung:

Wie schauen sich Biologen lebende Zellen an? Eine Möglichkeit sind Lichtmikroskope.

Aber was sieht man, wenn man eine Zelle unter ein Lichtmikroskop legt? Erstmal nicht

viel. Das Mikroskop vergrößert die Zellen ca. 100 - 2000x. Aber selbst dann sieht man

höchstens die Umrisse der Zellen, und mit ganz viel Glück vielleicht noch die Zellkerne.

Aber in Zellen steckt so viel mehr! Wir nutzen farbiges Licht und das Phänomen der

Fluoreszenz um möglichst viele dieser Zellbestandteile anzufärben und zu untersuchen,

ganz speziell Immunzellen. Neu sind sogenannte Superresolutionsverfahren, mit denen

man die Auflösung von zwei Punkten über die bisher berechnete, theoretisch mögliche

Grenze hinaus messen kann (Nobelpreis 2014)! Ich werde diese Verfahren erklären und

zeigen, wie weit man damit ins Innere von Zellen blicken kann. Außerdem nutzen wir

Licht nicht nur zum Betrachten von Zellen, sondern auch, um Kräfte auf diese Zellen

auszuüben, um die Dynamik von Partikeln innerhalb von Zellen zu messen oder sogar

um kleine Löcher in lebende Zellen zu schneiden. Wie und warum? Erfahren Sie im

Vortrag!

**November 15 2015**

**18.11.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of J. Dalibard**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Jean Dalibard**

Collège de France, Paris

**Mittwoch, 18. November 2015, 17:30 Uhr
Campus E 2.2, Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal**

*Atoms cooled and controlled by light *

Abstract:

Forty years ago appeared the idea that laser light could be used to reduce the thermal

motion of an atomic vapour. Since that date, the manipulation and the cooling of atomic

gases with laser light has undergone spectacular developments, which went far beyond

the most optimistic initial predictions. Light beams with well-chosen characteristics can

bring an atomic assembly down to a temperature of only a few nanokelvins above the

absolute zero.

The behaviour of theses cold gases is governed by Quantum Mechanics: The velocity

distribution of the atoms is dramatically reduced and their wavelength is increased

correspondingly, which allows one to realize atomic clocks and interferometric matterwave

sensors with an unprecedented precision. In addition, by concentrating these

atoms in a small volume one realizes a novel type of “quantum matter”, which

constitutes a simulator of other many-body systems, such as the electronic fluid of some

families of superconductors or of samples exhibiting the Quantum Hall effect.

In this talk I will briefly present the physical principles that are at the basis of the

cooling. I will then describe some recent developments, dealing either with precision

measurements at the single atom level or with collective phenomena related to

condensed matter physics. I will close with a short summary of the many perspectives

that are opened in this research field.

**November 12 2015**

**New Article: Dissipative quantum control of a spin chain**

#### Dissipative quantum control of a spin chain

G. Morigi, J. Eschner, C. Cormick, Y. Lin, D. Leibfried, and D. J. Wineland

Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 200502 (2015)

A protocol is discussed for preparing a spin chain in a generic many-body state in the asymptotic limit of tailored nonunitary dynamics. The dynamics require the spectral resolution of the target state, optimized coherent pulses, engineered dissipation, and feedback. As an example, we discuss the preparation of an entangled antiferromagnetic state, and argue that the procedure can be applied to chains of trapped ions or Rydberg atoms.

**November 08 2015**

**12.11.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of O. Müller**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Olaf Müller**

Institut für Philosophie, Universität Berlin

**Donnerstag, 12. November 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Zukunft (Richard-Wagner-Str. 14-16, 66111 Saarbrücken)**

*Mehr Licht: Goethe im Streit mit Newton um die Farben *

Kurzdarstellung:

Goethes Protest gegen Newtons Theorie des Lichts und der Farben ist besser, als man

gemeinhin denkt. Man kann diesem Protest in den wichtigsten Elementen folgen, ohne

Newton in der physikalischen Sache unrecht zu geben. Laut meiner Interpretation hat

Goethe in Newtons wissenschaftsphilosophischer Selbsteinschätzung eine entscheidende

Schwäche aufgedeckt: Newton glaubte, mithilfe prismatischer Experimente beweisen zu

können, dass das Licht der Sonne aus Lichtstrahlen verschiedener Farben

zusammengesetzt sei. Goethe zeigt, dass dieser Übergang vom Beobachtbaren zur

Theorie problematischer ist, als Newton wahrhaben wollte. Und diese Einsicht Goethes

gewinnt eine überraschende Schärfe, weil Goethe plausibel machen kann, dass sich alle

entscheidenden prismatischen Experimente Newtons ebenso gut mit einer alternativen

Theorie vereinbaren lassen. Wenn ich recht sehe, war Goethe der erste

Wissenschaftsphilosoph, der mindestens eine empirisch äquivalente Alternative zu

einer wohletablierten physikalischen Theorie gesehen hat: Damit war Goethe seiner Zeit

um ein gutes Jahrhundert voraus.

**November 08 2015**

**New Article: Phys. Rev. A 92, 043822 (2015)**

#### Suppression of Rabi oscillations in hybrid optomechanical systems

Timo Holz, Ralf Betzholz and Marc Bienert

Phys. Rev. A 92, 043822 (2015)

In a hybrid optomechanical setup consisting of a two-level atom in a cavity with a pendular end mirror, the interplay between the light field's radiation pressure on the mirror and the dipole interaction with the atom can lead to an effect, which manifests itself in the suppression of Rabi oscillations of the atomic population. This effect is present when the system is in the single-photon strong-coupling regime and has an analogy in the photon blockade of optomechanics.

**November 04 2015**

**04.11.2015: We congratulate B.Sc. Lukas Himbert!**

We congratulate Lukas Himbert for his Bachelor degree on "Structures in classical dipolar gases".

**November 01 2015**

**05.11.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of W. P. Schleich**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Wolfgang P. Schleich**

Institut für Quantenphysik, Universität Ulm

**Donnerstag, 05. November 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Zukunft (Richard-Wagner-Str. 14-16, 66111 Saarbrücken)**

*Welle-Teilchen Dualismus:
Du sollst Dir kein Bild vom Mikrokosmos machen *

Kurzdarstellung:

Der Titel dieses Vortrages drückt in Anlehnung an die Zehn Gebote nach Exodus 20:4-6

die Kopenhagener Interpretation der Quantenmechanik aus, wie sie von Niels Bohr

formuliert wurde. In der Tat verbietet diese heute weitgehend akzeptierte

Formulierung, sich ein Bild von der Quantenwelt zu machen. Es ist verblüffend, dass

diese Theorie Vorhersagen macht, die mit hoher Genauigkeit getestet werden können,

aber keine klare klassische Vorstellung des Mikrokosmos liefert. Der amerikanische

Physiker N. David Mermin fasste diesen Gegensatz in der prägnanten Phrase zusammen:

“Halte den Mund und rechne!”

In diesem Vortrag geben wir einen kurzen Überblick über die Quantentheorie

ausgehend von Max Plancks Entdeckung des Wirkungsquantums im Jahr 1900, über die

Matrizenmechanik von Werner Heisenberg zur Wellenmechanik von Erwin Schrödinger.

Wir behandeln dann die Frage nach der Interpretation des Formalismus anhand des

Doppelspalt-Experimentes von Thomas Young, der Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Situation

und der Schrödinger-Katze. Neuere Entwicklungen auf dem Gebiet beschließen den

Vortrag.

**October 26 2015**

**29.10.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of E. K. Grebel **

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Eva K. Grebel**

Zentrum für Astronomie, Universität Heidelberg

**Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2015, 19:00 Uhr
Haus der Zukunft (Richard-Wagner-Str. 14-16, 66111 Saarbrücken)**

*Galaxienentwicklung:
Neue Erkenntnisse aus altem Licht *

Kurzdarstellung:

Astronomische Beobachtungen beruhen hauptsächlich auf dem Licht, das andere Himmelskörper aussenden. Aufgrund der endlichen Ausbreitungsgeschwindigkeit des Lichts ist jede astronomische Beobachtung ein Blick in die Vergangenheit - umso weiter zurück, je weiter ein Objekt von uns ist. Das Licht, das wir von Galaxien empfangen, stammt in erster Linie von ihren Sternen, aber auch von ihrem Gas und sogar von akkretierenden schwarzen Löchern. Die Spektrallinien und die Energieverteilung dieses Lichts verraten uns, wie stark die Sternentstehungsrate in einer Galaxie zu verschiedenen Zeitpunkten war und wie sich die Zusammensetzung und Masse von Galaxien mit der Zeit verändert haben. Bilder von Galaxien aus unterschiedlichen Epochen zeigen uns, wie sich die heutige Gestalt der Galaxien im Verlauf der Zeit entwickelt hat und welche Rolle beispielsweise Galaxienwechselwirkungen dabei gespielt haben. Anhand solcher Daten können wir mittlerweile bis in die Kinderstube der Galaxienentstehung zurückblicken, aber auch Rückschlüsse auf die zukünftige Entwicklung von Galaxien wie unserer Heimatgalaxis, der Milchstraße, ziehen.

**September 16 2015**

**21.09.2015:"Licht-Reflektionen" :Talk of J.-M. Raimond**

## Lecture series “Licht-Reflektionen” for the International Year of Light

**Jean-Michel Raimond**

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Collège de France ENS, CNRS, UPMC, Paris

**Montag, 21. September 2015, 17:30 Uhr
Campus, Gebäude C6 4, Großer Hörsaal**

*Quantenforschung mit Atomen und Licht in Resonatoren –
Exploring the quantum with atoms and light in cavities*

Abstract:

The fascinating properties of light have guided our first steps in the weird quantum

world. We have now acquired an in-depth understanding of the micro-world. It led to

many applications and to new experimental tools. In turn, these tools allow us to unveil

the most basic quantum phenomena, to realize the thought experiments repeatedly used

by the founding fathers to assess their interpretation of the newborn quantum theory.

We can also think of harnessing the quantum for radically new methods in information

transmission and processing.

Cavity quantum electrodynamics belongs to this very active trend. It deals with a single

atom interacting coherently with a few photons in a single field mode stored in a high

quality cavity, a modern equivalent of Einstein’s photon box. With circular Rydberg

atoms and superconducting cavities, we count the photons without losing them,

realizing an ideal measurement of the field intensity. We use this information in a

quantum feedback loop stabilizing the photon number against cavity losses. We also

prepare mesoscopic quantum superpositions, reminiscent of the famous Schrödinger

cat, and study their decoherence, shedding some light onto the quantum to classical

transition.

**July 20 2015**

**20.-22.07.2015: Visit of Nishant Dogra**

Nishant Dogra (Quantum Optics Group, ETH Zurich) is visiting us and will give a talk in our Ctrl-q seminar on Wednesday 22.07.2015 at 9.00 o'clock in E.04 about "Bose-Hubbard model with cavity-mediated long-range interactions: theory and experiment".

Abstract:

The Bose-Hubbard model has been a paramount example of quantum simulation of many-body

systems. It is realized by loading a quantum gas in a 3D optical lattice. This system undergoes a

quantum phase transition from a superfluid to a Mott-insulator phase due to the competition

between the kinetic energy and the short-range interactions. We study the effect of long-range

interactions on this system generated by strongly coupling the quantum gas to a high finesse cavity

and pumping it with a transverse laser field. This system can be mapped to an extended BoseHubbard

model. In the limit where the static lattices are commensurate with the cavity generated

dynamical lattice, we calculate the phase diagram of this system using a mean-field method. We find

that the cavity-mediated long-range interactions give rise to additional phases: charge density wave

and supersolid phase. We also calculate the excitation spectrum of these phases using a slave-Boson

approach and relate it to the nature of the transition between them. We also show the recent

experimental progress in observing the charge density wave and mapping the phase diagram of such

a system as a function of short-range and cavity-mediated long-range interactions.

**July 14 2015**

**14.07.2016: We congratulate M.Sc. Andreas Buchheit!**

We congratulate Andreas Buchheit to his Masters degree on "Critical Analysis of the Born-Markov Master Equation".

**July 09 2015**

**16.07.2015: Visit of Gabriele Ferrari**

Gabriele Ferrari is visiting us and will give a talk on Thursday 16th of July in the Physikalisches Kolloquium at 16.15.

**July 02 2015**

**09.07.2015: Visit of Sabrina Maniscalco**

Sabrina Maniscalco is visiting us and will give a talk on Thursday 9th of July in the Physikalisches Kolloquium at 16.15.

**June 23 2015**

** "Ion Traps for Tomorrow’s Applications" has been published!**

The book "Ion Traps for Tomorrow’s Applications" has been published by IOS. http://www.iospress.nl/book/ion-traps-for-tomorrows-applications/

**June 10 2015**

**17.-20.6.2015: Visit of Darrick Chang**

Darrick Chang (ICFO Barcelona) is visiting us and will give a talk on Thursday 18th of June in the Physikalisches Kolloquium at 16:15 about "Cold atoms coupled to photonic crystals: a platform for tunable long-range interactions".

**June 01 2015**

**08.-10.06.2015: Visit of Bruno Peaudecerf**

Bruno Peaudecerf (Strathclyde University, Glasgow) is visiting us and will give a talk about "Single-atom imaging of fermions in a quantum-gas microscope" in our group seminar on Tuesday 09.06.2015, 09.00 o'clock in room 4.18.

Abstract:

Ultracold atoms in optical lattices have become a key tool to simulate and test fundamental concepts of condensed matter physics, in particular to simulate electrons in solid crystals. A quantum-gas microscope with single-atom and single-site resolution furthermore allows for direct measurement of ordered quantum phases and out-of-equilibrium dynamics, with access to quantities ranging from spin-spin correlation functions to many-particle entanglement. Until recently, fluorescence imaging of individual atoms in a quantum-gas microscope had only been achieved for bosonic species with optical molasses cooling, while the detection of fermionic alkaline atoms in optical lattices proved more challenging. In this talk I will present our realisation of single-site- and single-atom-resolved fluorescence imaging of fermionic potassium-40 atoms in a quantum-gas microscope setup using electromagnetically-induced-transparency cooling [1]. We detected on average 1000 fluorescence photons from a single atom within 1.5 s, while keeping it close to the vibrational ground state of the optical lattice. Our results will enable the investigation of phenomena and properties of strongly correlated fermionic quantum systems, with direct probing at the single atom level, e.g., of the local entropy distribution and individual defects in fermionic Mott insulators, or of spin-spin correlations at the onset of antiferromagnetic ordering. [1] E. Haller et al., arXiv:1503:02005

**June 01 2015**

**01.06.2015: Sonderkolloquium John Martinis**

John Martinis is visiting and will give a talk in a Sonderkollquium on 01.06.2015 at 16ct in Building E2 5,Hörsaal I (E.1) about ""What's next after Moore's law: quantum computing".

**May 26 2015**

**26.05.2016: We congratulate M.Sc. Simon Jäger!**

We congratulate Simon Jäger to his Masters degree on "Molekularfeldmodell für die Selbstorganisation von Atomen im Resonator".

**May 20 2015**

**20.05.2015: Visit of Nikolai Lauk**

Nikolai Lauk (Kaiserslautern) is visiting us.

**April 27 2015**

**29.- 30.04.2015: Visit of Simone Montangero**

Simone Montangero is visiting us and will give a talk on Thursday 30th of April in the Physikalisches Kolloquium at 16.15 about "Simulation and control of complex quantum systems".

**April 06 2015**

**13.04. - 14.04.2015: Visit of Laurent de Forges de Parny **

Laurent de Forges de Parny (ENS Lyon) is visiting us and will give a talk in our group seminar about: "Multiple Transitions in a Coupled Atom-Molecule Mixture".

Abstract:

Since the pioneering experiments in 2002 by M. Greiner et al., ultracold bosons in optical lattices are ideal test bed for many condensed matter models. As you know, the Bose-Einstein condensation of pairs of particles is central in the theory of superconductivity and the control of such a mechanism is still a big challenge. Feshbach resonances - namely resonances between an unbound two-body state (atomic state) and a bound (molecular) state - allow the conversion of two unbound atoms into a molecule and vice versa.

My numerical studies focus on a 2D mixture of interacting bosonic atoms and molecules with conversion between these two species. This system involves many interesting phases and phase transitions:

- At zero temperature, the system exhibits molecular and atomic-molecular condensates and an insulating phase stabilized by the conversions - a "Feshbach insulator". First order, 3D XY and 3D Ising transitions appear.

- At finite temperature, this system also reveals interesting transitions: when increasing the temperature, the system evolves from an atomic-molecular superfluid to a molecular superfluid and then to a normal Bose liquid. The multiple transitions involved (2D Ising and KT transitions) are very well described by a coupled XY model and scaling analysis.

**March 27 2015**

**New Article: Phys. Rev. A 91, 033834 (2015)**

#### Interfacing microwave qubits and optical photons via spin ensembles

Susanne Blum, Christopher O'Brien, Nikolai Lauk, Pavel Bushev, Michael Fleischhauer, and Giovanna Morigi

Phys. Rev. A 91, 033834 (2015)

A protocol is discussed which allows one to realize a transducer for single photons between the optical and the microwave frequency range. The transducer is a spin ensemble, where the individual emitters possess both an optical and a magnetic-dipole transition. Reversible frequency conversion is realized by combining optical photon storage, by means of electromagnetically induced transparency, with the controlled switching of the coupling between the magnetic-dipole transition and a superconducting qubit, which is realized by means of a microwave cavity. The efficiency is quantified by the global fidelity for coherently transferring a qubit excitation between a single optical photon and the superconducting qubit. We test various strategies and show that the total efficiency is essentially limited by the optical quantum memory: It can exceed 80% for ensembles of nitrogen-vacancy centers and approaches 99% for cold atomic ensemble, assuming state-of-the-art experimental parameters. This protocol allows one to bridge the gap between the optical and the microwave regime in order to efficiently combine superconducting and optical components in quantum networks.

**March 23 2015**

**23.03. - 01.05.2015: Visit of Karl-Peter Marzlin**

Karl-Peter Marzlin (St Francis Xavier University,Canada) visits us.

**February 18 2015**

**20.02.2015: Visit of Eugene Demler**

Eugene Demler (Harvard University) visits us and will give a talk about 'Many Body Localization and Griffiths Effects' in the Ctrl-Q seminar starting at 09.30 .

Abstract:

I will discuss the nature of the transition between the metallic and Many Body Localized phases. I will point out the important role of rare fluctuations and Griffiths type phenomena at the transition.

**February 09 2015**

**13.02.2015: Visit of Haggai Landa**

Haggai Landa (LPTMS Paris) visits us.

**February 08 2015**

**12.-13.02.2015: Visit of Klemens Hammerer**

Klemens Hammerer (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany) visits us and will give a talk in the "Physikalisches Kolloquium" at 16.00 c.t. in building C6 4,HS II about "Entanglement of Matter and Continuous-Wave Light".

**January 15 2015**

**18.-20.01.2015: Visit of Cesare Nardini**

Cesare Nardini (University of Edinburgh, GB) visits us and will give a talk about "KINETIC THEORY FOR NON-EQUILIBRIUM LONG-RANGE INTERACTING SYSTEMS" on Tuesday @9.15 in room 4.18 in our group seminar.

Abstract:

Long-range interacting systems include gravitational systems, plasma in the low density limit, two-dimensional and geophysical fluid models. This talks describes our recent works on simple models of long-range interacting systems driven out of equilibrium by external forces.

In many physical context, long-range interacting systems are found to be out of equilibrium because of external drving. Examples come from climate dynamics, plasma physics, astrophysics and, recently, experimental setups with cold-atoms driven by laser light.

In order to address the description of driven long-range interacting systems in a theoretical way, we concentrate in this talk on models as simple as possible that still retain the following two main characteristics: non-local (i.e. long-range) nature of the interactions and broken detailed balance (i.e. non-equilibrium dynamics).

We present results both for particle systems and quasi two-dimensional flows and we show that their dynamics can be described very accurately in the limit where there is a separation of time-scales between the evolution of the mean state and the evolution of the fluctuations around it.

The main theoretical tool developed is kinetic theory: the accuracy of the results obtained will be compared to direct numerical simulations. Ongoing work and perspectives on a combination of kinetic theory and large deviations theory to describe bistability and rare events will also be described.

**January 13 2015**

**Physik-Nobelpreisträger üben scharfe Kritik an den Uni-Sparplänen**

Saarbrücker-Zeitung:Physik-Nobelpreisträger üben scharfe Kritik an den Uni-Sparplänen

**January 08 2015**

**12.-17.01.2015: Visit of Efrat Shimshoni **

Efrat Shimshoni (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) visits us and will give a "Introductory lecture on the XY model and the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition" on Tuesday @9.00 in room 4.18 in our group seminar.

**January 08 2015**

**12.-17.01.2015: Visit of Shmuel Fishman.**

Shmuel Fishman (Technion, Haifa, Israel) visits us and will give a talk about "Collapses and revivals of matter waves" on Wednesday @9.00 in room E.04 in the Ctrl-Q seminar.

Abstract:

Quantum collapses and revivals are fascinating manifestations of coherence. Of particular interest in recent years are macroscopic quantum interference effects in Bose-Einstein condensates. We studied such effects for the two site Bose-Hubbard model, and found an analytic expression for the difference in the occupation of the two sites. The result is valid for large number of particles and weak inter-particle interactions. This expression predicts the time scales of the dynamics and enables one to evaluate the shape of the revival peaks in absence of dissipation. The work reported was done with Hagar Veksler.

**December 16 2014**

**New Article: Phys. Rev. A 90, 063818 (2014)**

#### Quantum optical master equation for solid-state quantum emitters

Ralf Betzholz, Juan Mauricio Torres, and Marc Bienert

Phys. Rev. A 90, 063818 (2014)

We provide an elementary description of the dynamics of defect centers in crystals in terms of a quantum optical master equation which includes spontaneous decay and a simplified vibronic interaction with lattice phonons. We present the general solution of the dynamical equation by means of the eigensystem of the Liouville operator and exemplify the usage of this damping basis to calculate the dynamics of the electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom and to provide an analysis of the spectra of scattered light. The dynamics and spectral features are discussed with respect to the applicability for color centers, especially for negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond.

**November 24 2014**

** 04.12.2014: Visit of Christopher Monroe**

Christopher Monroe (University of Maryland and NIST Gaithersburg) is visiting us and will give a talk in the "Physikalisches Kolloquium" at 16.00 c.t. in building C6 4,HS II about "Quantum Networks of Trapped Ions".

**November 14 2014**

**New Article: Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 203002 (2014)**

#### Prethermalization of Atoms Due to Photon-Mediated Long-Range Interactions.

Stefan Schütz and Giovanna Morigi

Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 203002 (2014)

Atoms can spontaneously form spatially ordered structures in optical resonators when they are transversally driven by lasers. This occurs when the laser intensity exceeds a threshold value and results from the mechanical forces on the atoms associated with superradiant scattering into the cavity mode. We treat the atomic motion semiclassically and show that, while the onset of spatial ordering depends on the intracavity-photon number, the stationary momentum distribution is a Gaussian function whose width is determined by the rate of photon losses. Above threshold, the dynamics is characterized by two time scales: after a violent relaxation, the system slowly reaches the stationary state over time scales exceeding the cavity lifetime by several orders of magnitude. In this transient regime the atomic momenta form non-Gaussian metastable distributions, which emerge from the interplay between the long-range dispersive and dissipative mechanical forces of light. We argue that the dynamics of self-organization of atoms in cavities offers a test bed for studying the statistical mechanics of long-range interacting systems.