Semi-Classical Monte-Carlo Simulations of Sub-Doppler Cooling in 40K
Experiments with ultracold quantum gases in optical lattices provide model systems with which to realise complex many-body systems, with an unprecedented degree of control over system parameters, including inter-particle interactions and trapping geometries. Under the leadership of Prof Stefan Kuhr, researchers in the Photonics Group of the Physics Department at University of Strathclyde are developing a new apparatus to investigate many-body fermionic physics with single-particle resolution. In order to realise these experiments, atoms are pre-cooled to the mK-regime using lasers. The team are currently investigating how to better understand and optimize the laser cooling of 40K using a semi-classical Monte Carlo model of atom-light interactions in collaboration with Dr Saijun Wu of Swansea University.
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