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Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter

Objective

The network “Collective effects and optomechanics in ultra-cold matter” (ColOpt) will train early-stage researchers (ESR) in fundamental science and applications in the areas of cold atom and quantum physics, optical technologies and complexity science to promote European competiveness in emergent quantum technologies. It consists of nine academic nodes and three companies from six European countries, supported by two partners in Brazil and the USA, five further non-academic partners and one public-private partnership.

Collective, nonlinear dynamics and spontaneous self-organization are abundant in nature, sciences and technology and of central importance. Building on this interdisciplinary relevance, a particular novelty of ColOpt is the integration of classical and quantum self-organization. The research program focuses on collective interactions of light with laser-cooled cold and quantum-degenerate matter. We will explore innovative control of matter through optomechanical effects, identify novel quantum phases, enhance knowledge of long-range coupled systems and advance the associated trapping, laser and optical technologies, establishing new concepts in quantum information and simulation.

ColOpt combines cutting-edge science with training in complex instrumentation and methods to the highest level of technical expertise, both experimentally and theoretically, and fosters the development of transferable skills and critical judgement. Each ESR will be exposed to a broad spectrum of experimental, theoretical and industrial environments, to obtain core competence in one of them and the collaborative experience and skills to thrive in a truly international and intersectorial framework. ESRs will develop the capabilities to analyse and understand complex interactions, and will gain awareness of societal and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities. Taken together, this will enable them to excel in a variety of sectors of our diverse and rapidly changing society.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Address

Richmond Street 16
G1 1xq Glasgow

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 751,20

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 265 226,76

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

M-SQUARED LASERS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

TOPTICA PHOTONICS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

HOLOEYE PHOTONICS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 721465

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 893 423,76

  • EU contribution

    € 3 893 423,76

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom