Theoretical and experimental studies of atomic and molecular species cooled to sub-millikelvin temperatures and their science applications.
Research into theoretical and experimental methods for cooling atomic and molecular species to sub-millikelvin temperatures and the science applications of these systems
(studies of properties and applications of Bose-Einstein condensates and Fermi gases).
Experimental tunability, control and unrivalled cleanliness make these systems ideal emulators for many-body phenomena like superfluidity and quantum magnetism, and provide a powerful resource for metrology and quantum information processing. There is strong crossover with the Quantum Optics and Information and the Quantum Devices, Components and Systems research areas.
Encouraging existing research groups
We will sustain the UK’s world-leading activities in this area by continuing to encourage research within key existing, high-quality research groups.
Within these research groups, we will encourage delivery of blue-skies science and underpinning contributions to novel quantum technologies. Capital and capacity from the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) should be leveraged and used within this framework.
Our strategy means that:
- critical-mass activities should be concentrated in multidisciplinary projects and collaborations that use emergent applications at the interface with other disciplines or maintain specific unique UK capabilities
- contributions to quantum simulation, chemistry, technology, sensing and metrology are expected
- outcome-focused research (particularly research which can underpin and deliver against EPSRC’s outcomes or deliver technology transfer) will be encouraged, through engagement and alignment between existing and future investments in the UKNQT, innovation partners and other critical-mass activities.
We aim to support both early career and established career researchers through existing research centres, networked activities and collaboration between key research groups.
These should drive research in related areas of the EPSRC portfolio, contribute to the EPSRC outcomes framework and develop applications. We will monitor training needs to ensure support is maintained to safeguard current research activities.