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In this project we investigate various states of quantum matter using ultracold dysprosium atoms. The complex electronic structure of this atom gives rise to a large magnetic moment (angular momentum J = 8), which we use for different applications:
– the generation of highly non-classical spin states relevant for quantum-enhanced metrology,
– the simulation of the quantum Hall effect and other topological quantum systems, based on the interpretation of the spin projection as a synthetic dimension.
For details see our recent projects.

Our future research will aim at studying interacting quantum gases in the presence of gauge fields. We expect the occurrence of lattices of quantized vortices, states analogous to those encountered in the fractional quantum Hall effect, or topological superfluids.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 756722).