Dr Donatella Cassettari

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Dr Donatella Cassettari
School of Physics & Astronomy
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews KY16 9SS
Scotland, UK

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Room 218
Phone 3109
Lab 105
Lab Phone 3186
e-mail dc43

Donatella's expertise is in the area of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute atomic gases. When a cloud of bosonic atoms is cooled below a critical temperature, a phase transition occurs that causes the atoms to "condense" into the same quantum state. A condensate can be thought of as a new state of matter in which the atoms behave as a single quantum mechanical entity. It is a promising system for the study of strongly correlated many-body quantum mechanics and for the implementation of quantum information processing with neutral atoms.

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Recent publications:

Bruce, GD, Johnson, M, Cormack, E, Richards, D, Mayoh, J & Cassettari, D 2015, ' Feedback-enhanced algorithm for aberration correction of holographic atom traps ' Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics , vol 48, no. 11, 115303.
Bowman, D, Ireland, P, Bruce, GD & Cassettari, D 2015, ' Multi-wavelength holography with a single spatial light modulator for ultracold atom experiments ' Optics Express , vol 23, no. 7, pp. 8365-8372.
Harte, T, Bruce, GD , Keeling, J & Cassettari, D 2014, ' A conjugate gradient minimisation approach to generating holographic traps for ultracold atoms ' Optics Express , vol 22, no. 22, pp. 26548-26558.
Moore, R, Lee, L, Findlay, E, Torralbo-Campo, L, Bruce, GD & Cassettari, D 2014, ' Measurement of Vacuum Pressure with a Magneto-Optical Trap: a Pressure-Rise Method ', ArXiv e-prints , 1401.7949v2.
Torralbo-Campo, L, Bruce, GD , Smirne, G & Cassettari, D 2014, ' Light-induced atomic desorption in a compact system for ultracold atoms ' Scientific Reports .

Current PhD Projects offered:

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  • Holographic traps and guides for superfluidity studies and atom interferometry
  • Holographic traps for the efficient production of Bose-Einstein condensates