Cooperativity in Highly Excited Rydberg
Ensembles — Control and Entanglement
Marie Curie Initial Training Network

Congratulations to Marìa Martinez Valado
for successfully defending her thesis "Investigation of correlations between strongly interacting Rydberg excitations in cold gases using Full Counting Statistics"
and for obtaining her PhD degree in a cotutelle between the University of Pisa and the University of Heidelberg


Physikalisches Institut
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
ph: +49(0)6221-54-19471

Physikalisches Institut
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
ph: +49(0)6221-54-19473
COHERENCE is a 'Marie Curie Initial Training Network' focusing on the creation and manipulation of Rydberg atoms and their applications in fundamental science and technology. The network funds 17 early stage researcher positions (PhD) and 3 experienced researcher positions. It involves 20 research institutes and industrial partners located in 9 European countries and the USA.

Our research focuses on the special properties of Rydberg atoms produced in laser cooled (ultracold) atomic gases. Long-range interactions between Rydberg atoms as well as their extreme sensitivity to external fields results in an abundance of new physical phenomena and technological applications which are yet to be fully explored. Currently, ultracold Rydberg physics stands at the threshold of a number of key developments that will impact on a broad range of topics including: condensed matter physics, polymer and biophysics, molecular physics, quantum optics and quantum information, surface physics, plasma physics, metrology, and laser technology.

The close interplay between theoretical and experimental research groups and cooporation with industry partners within the COHERENCE network enables the exploration of new physics and the advancement of key new technologies involving strongly interacting Rydberg atoms. This is primarily achieved through training a new generation of young researchers via our various training activities.

For more information on the network see our: