University of Nottingham
The recently established Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre concentrates a considerable amount of expertise in all aspects of cold atom and quantum optics research at the University of Nottingham. The cold atoms group consists of 3 experimental and 3 theoretical staff members and has close connections to the theoretical condensed matter physics, semiconduc-tor and nanoscience groups. The focus of the experimental group is on atom chips, i.e. on miniaturised integrated devices of atom trapping and cooling. The functional direct collaboration with theorists and fabricators in house guarantees success in developing an integrated platform for the sensor. Prof. Krüger and Dr. Fernholz have a strong track record in experiments in the field of atom chips and integrated atom traps, Prof. Fromhold’s expertise in simulating cold atom and Bose-Einstein condensate dynamics in confined geometries will complement this experience.
Technical support is available by the state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical workshops, cleanroom and microfabrication facilities, and a high perform-ance computing cluster. Further support will come from the UNOTT EU and finance offices, which have extensive expertise in managing EU projects.