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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:

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.
Kohnle, A , Cassettari, D , Edwards, TJ , Ferguson, C , Gillies, AD , Hooley, C , Korolkova, N , Llama, J & Sinclair, BD 2012, ' A new multimedia resource for teaching quantum mechanics concepts ' American Journal of Physics , vol 80, no. 2, pp. 148-153.
Bruce, GD, Bromley, SL , Smirne, G , Torralbo-Campo, L & Cassettari, D 2011, ' Holographic power-law traps for the efficient production of Bose-Einstein condensates ' Physical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics , vol 84, no. 5, 053410, pp. -.
Bruce, GD, Mayoh, J , Smirne, G , Torralbo-Campo, L & Cassettari, D 2011, ' A smooth, holographically generated ring trap for the investigation of superfluidity in ultracold atoms ' Physica Scripta. Topical Issues , vol T143, 014008.
Smirne, G, Godun, RM , Cassettari, D , Boyer, V, Foot, CJ, Volz, T, Syassen, N, Duerr, S, Rempe, G, Lee, MD, Goral, K & Koehler, T 2007, ' Collisional relaxation of Feshbach molecules and three-body recombination in 87Rb Bose-Einstein condensates ' Physical Review. A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics , vol 75, pp. 020702(R).

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