Atomic systems occupy a beautiful niche in physics; they offer a rich internal structure and varied array of interactions which may be probed and manipulated in the laboratory yet remain simple enough to be modeled theoretically. Such interplay between theory and experiment combined with decades of study has led to seminal advances in our understanding of the quantum world. Along the way, a wealth of techniques have been developed that now enable us to completely control these systems at the level of individual atoms. With this level of control it is now possible to use atoms as research tools for studying phenomena from throughout physics and also for everyday, real-world applications such as timekeeping (GPS & navigation) and precise sensing (geology, mineral exploration . . . ).
In the Doret lab, we use combine the tools of atomic physics with ideas from quantum information processing to study quantum phenomena from throughout the natural world.