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)
Position filled in 2023.

Internship Modality:
On-site internship in Berlin
Project Supervisor(s)
Prof. Dr. Alejandro Saenz 
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (from third year) 
Master's students 
Ph.D. students 
English (or German)
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 to the underlying physics and the use of computer codes developed in our research group and will learn to apply them within an ongoing 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 (from third year) 
Master's students 
Ph.D. students 
The student should 
  • be highly motivated
  • be interested in theoretical physics
  • possess a solid background in quantum physics, minimally on the level usually achieved within a Bachelor of Physics study curriculum.

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