Internship Project

Theory of Rydberg wave packets immersed in ultracold gases

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Physics
Subject Area
Theoretical Physics (Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics / Theoretical Quantum Optics)
Summer Term Internship
Individual Timeframe Internship
Online Internship
Project Supervisor(s)
Prof. Dr. Alejandro Saenz 
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (at least 2nd year)
Graduate students
PhD students
Further Information
Project Type
Academic Research
Project Content
Both, Rydberg atoms as well as ultra-cold quantum gases are presently of great interest for answering fundamental questions of quantum mechanics and for quantum-information applications. Within this theory project the interaction of a non-stationary Rydberg wave-packet with a quantum gas of ultra-cold Bosonic atoms should be studied, extending recent theoretical and experimental studies on Rydberg atoms (in a stationary state) immersed in ultra-cold quantum gases to the time-dependent regime. The usefulness of this system as a quantum simulator should be investigated.
Tasks for Interns
The student will be introduced into the underlying physics and the use of computer codes developed in our research group that she/he will learn to apply them within an on-going research project. Depending on qualification and interest, the student may also write a small new code or extend an existing code.
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (at least 2nd year)
Graduate students
PhD students
The student should 
  • be highly motivated
  • be interested in theoretical physics
  • possess a solid background in quantum physics, minimally on the level that is usually achieved within a study curriculum of a bachelor of physics.

Some previous experience in computer coding is helpful, but not required.
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