UV lasing without inversion in mercury vapor

Iso-surfaces of the spatial linear gain distribution inside the laser medium are shown. The central orange region provides gain while the blue surfaces represent increased absorption. The non-trivial structure of the gain medium arises from the wave vector configuration of external driving fields (green and blue arrow) with respect to the lasing field (violet arrow). This configuration shields the spectrally narrow gain peak against Doppler broadening.


Martin Sturm


For conventional lasers population inversion on the lasing transition is a necessity. This renders direct lasing in the UV regime impossible since the required pumping power for population inversion is not accessible for these wavelengths. However, in the 1990s a class of techniques was developed that circumvents this limitation by exploiting atomic coherence effects induced by external fields. These techniques are referred to as lasing without inversion (LWI). Even though multiple prove of principle experiments have demonstrated LWI, a UV laser operating on this principle is yet to be build. We analyze the experimental feasibility of a promising scheme [1] for LWI at ?=254 nm in mercury [2] and work in cooperation with the research group of T. Walther towards an experimental realization.


[1] www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030401899007312

[2] arxiv.org/abs/1404.4242



Semi-classical Matter Wave Optics

Immersing carbon nano-tubes in a cigar shaped BEC.

Mathias Schneider

Mean-field theory is a valuable tool to model interacting bosonic atoms in an external trap at zero temperature. It is well described by the Gross-Pitaevskii equation, a non-linear Schrödinger wave equation approximating the many-body state. Its dynamics is subject to the competition between binary collisions and quantum-mechanical dispersion. In many experimental settings, however, the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field theory is itself an approximation which only describes observable physics on a certain scale.

The dynamics of interacting atoms deep inside a big BEC cloud is dominated by collisions, making the quantum pressure negligible. Thus, the cloud of condensed atoms behaves as a classical non-viscous fluid (superfluid). This approximation provides an excellent base for building successively more detailed models, e.g. like introducing the non-condensed fraction (quantum depletion). Currently, we are evaluating a simple yet powerful model to describe the physics of hybrid systems: carbon nanotubes immersed in BECs (see illustration).


Evaporation in micro-gravity

Molecular dynamics simulation of 2^14 Rubidium atoms in a trap.

Roman Nolte

Evaporative cooling is of essential importance for reaching quantum degeneracy in atomic gases. Yield, speed and efficiency of this mechanism is usually optimized in the laboratory by trial and error.
The Opens external link in new windowQUANTUS-experiment aims to produce degenerate quantum gases in weightlessness via free-fall-experiments. Thus the time of every single experiment is limited to ten seconds. Quickly producing cold samples is therefore of outmost importance. In the current project we are optimizing the evaporation trajectories with these constraints. The dynamics of n interactive particles in a trap is studied with molecular dynamic methods which benefit from the parallelization on modern graphic cards.


Dissipative quantum mechanics in open systems: laser cooling of Rb atoms

Stochastic event tree of the dynamic Quantum Monte-Carlo procedure.

Micha Ober, Lachezar Simeonov

With quantum mechanical ensembles, we have to calculate expectation values in order to predict observables. Initial uncertainty or dynamic decoherence requires to work with mixed ensembles represented by density matrices. Storing such matrices on computers requires memory that grows with the number of degrees of freedom squared. Thus, addressing realistic processes, for example laser cooling of atoms in three-dimensions with multiple internal electronic levels, is no longer reasonable, even on high-end computers. The quantum Monte-Carlo wave function simulation method alleviates this problem, by simulating a relatively small number of stochastic wave-functions that scale linearly with dimension.In this project, we develop a software package to simulate laser cooing of Rubidium atoms out of a MOT into a hollow optical fibre as realized experimentally by Thorsten Peters (AG Halfmann, TU Darmstadt)

Analogies of Quantum Mechanics and Wave Optics in Phase Space

Field intensity behind a double slit along the propagation direction.

Marc Bausch

The Young double slit is the key experiment to analyze interference of wave phenomenon. It exists in wave optics as well as in wave mechanics for examples: electrons, neutrons, atoms, coherent Bose-Einstein-Condensates. In this project, we analyze a realistic setup of a double slit starting from a partially, coherent source, real masks in two dimensions and the propagation to the detector. As a method we use the Wigner function to represent partially, coherent fields (see picture)


Quantum Monte-Carlo wave function Simulation

Normalized resonance fluorescence spectrum of a driven and damped two level atom calculated with 5000 trajectories of Monte Carlo wave function simulation (red line) and compared to an analytic solution (blue line) found by solving the master equation and applying quantum regression theorem.

Martin Sturm

The Monte-Carlo method is a class of computational algorithms using repeated random events to estimate probabilistically determined calculations. In quantum optics there is a method to determine the time evolution of the density matrix equation (Lindblad form) by effectively simulating many stochastic Schrödinger equations. The conception of this method has led to tremendous progress in the understanding of laser cooling. Our particular interest is in the simulation for n-level-atomic systems interacting with a reservoir of the electromagnetic field and the prospect for parallelizing this code on modern hardware.



From "Geometric Numerical Integration, Structure-Preserving Algorithms for Ordinary Differential Equations"

Sebastion Pingen

Interacting cold atomic gases are an interesting topic to study many aspects of classical and quantum-many-body dynamics.
Starting in the thermal regime we have an ensemble of classical particles, which are trapped in confining potentials and interact via short range binary forces. For example, this is exploited in the process of evaporative cooling. Therefore, studying classical molecular dynamics (MD) is a very relevant topic. In this bachelor thesis we will study the different behavior of numerical integration scheme for solving the coupled Newtonian equations of motion that are commonly used in MD- Simulations:
e.g. multi-step-predictor corrector methods, Runge-Kutta integrators and most favorably structure preserving symplectic integrators.

Design and Simulation of Optical Systems

Intensity distribution of light on a CCD detector calculated via raytracing through a system of optical elements.

Cristina Gherasim

All experiments in the field of cold atomic matter waves rely crucially on perfectly designed optical systems. The imaging of an atomic cloud inside an ultrahigh vacuum chamber requires a multitude of optical elements and perfectly controlled laser fields. The design of such a system and in particular the optimization of the imaging quality depends on many parameters, which is a daunting task.

In this project, we employ the optical design software ZEMAX to model and optimize the imaging quality of a Bose Einstein condensate expanding freely, while dropping in microgravity (Opens external link in new windowhttp://www.dlr.de/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-3228/5011_read-26903/).


Hybrid quantum systems

Polina Mironova

Opens external link in new windowCarbon nanotubes have a range of extraordinary properties such as huge length-to-diameter aspect ratio, high electrical and thermal conductivity, high mechanical strength, atomic-scale-perfection (single-walled carbon nanotubes) similar to graphene. These qualities make them very fascinating materials.

Currently, particular interest is focused to the immersion of carbon nanotubes in quantum degenerate atomic gases. In this combination the properties of the quantum and classical worlds are merged into a hybrid quantum system.  We investigate the interaction of carbon nanotubes with a bath of ultracold gases or Bose-Einstein-Condensates. Moreover, the possibilities of  sympathetic cooling of  carbon nanotube vibrations down to the ground state mode are considered. This theory relates to experiments performed in the research group of Prof. Dr. Fortagh at the Center for Collective Quantum Phenomena, University of Tübingen, Germany.



Prof. Dr. Reinhold Walser

Theoretische Quantendynamik
Institut für Angewandte Physik
Fachbereich 05 - Physik
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Hochschulstr. 4a
D-64289 Darmstadt

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