We aim to widen the range of quantum simulations with cold atoms, by investigating phenomena arising from the long-ranged dipolar interaction in reduced dimensionalities. We are operating a new experimental setup based on quantum gases of the highly magnetic Dysprosium atoms. This is a joint project between LENS and CNR-INO, Sezione di Pisa.

BEC transition of Dysprosium observed

We observed the transition to BEC for 162Dy atoms!
Our dipolar BECs are made up at the moment by up to 3⨯104 atoms. Atoms from the MOT are transferred into an in-vacuum optical resonator where we perform a first evaporation down to a few μK. Afterwards, we load the atoms in a crossed optical trap and condensation temperature is reached by evaporation ramps. The atomic dipoles are aligned along the vertical direction by an uniform magnetic field of a few Gauss and the vertical trapping frequency is higher than the horizontal ones to prevent dipolar collapse. The transition temperature for our trapping potential is below 100 nK.

Dy People

Francesca Famà
Master student
Alessandro Fregosi
Master student
Eleonora Lucioni
Research fellow
Luca Tanzi
Research fellow
Jacopo Catani
Permanent researcher
Silvia Gozzini
Permanent researcher
Massimo Inguscio
Permanent researcher
Andrea Fioretti
Permanent researcher
Carlo Gabbanini
Permanent researcher
Giovanni Modugno
Permanent researcher

Dy contacts

For further information, request of material, job opportunities, please contact:

Giovanni Modugno
(modugno@lens.unifi.it)

Dy funding