Research site of Mark Sadgrove

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This site was intended to make access available to my research results and to provide less technical summaries of interesting results for people who aren't scientists. However, to be honest, it's still quite technical!


I'm currently based at the lab of professor Ken'ichi Nakagawa at the Institute for Laser Science , (ILS) University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan. Until March 31 2009 I was a research fellow under the JST CREST program which is aimed at developing quantum technologies. Following the end of the CREST program, I am a post-doctoral researcher at ILS.

Summary of recent research

We cool atoms to very cold temperatures (mere billionths of a degree above absolute zero) to form a Bose-Einstein Condensate. This state of matter exhibits clear quantum wave properties. We manipulate the atoms using laser beams which diffract the atomic waves (see picture above). By carefully controlling the properties of the laser light we can make the atoms do a number of interesting things. Applications include

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