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AIAS Guest Lecture: by Pietro Massignan, Institute of Photonic Sciences, Mediterranean Technology Park, Barcelona, Spain.

Title: Synthetic Gauge Fields in Synthetic Dimensions.

2013.11.22 | AIAS

Date Thu 28 Nov
Time 10:15 11:30
Location The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C



We will describe a simple technique for generating a cold-atom lattice pierced by a uniform magnetic field. Our method is to extend a one-dimensional optical lattice into the "dimension" provided by the internal atomic degrees of freedom, yielding a synthetic 2D lattice.

Suitable laser-coupling between these internal states leads to a uniform magnetic flux within the 2D lattice. We show that this setup reproduces the main features of magnetic lattice systems, such as the fractal Hofstadter butterfly spectrum and the chiral edge states of the associated Chern insulating phases.

Short CV

  • PhD in Theoretical Quantum Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, 2003-2006
  • Post Doctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Utrecht 2006-2008
  • Joint Post Doc at ICFO/UAB, Barcelona 2008-2009
  • Research Fellow, ICFO, Barcelona, 2010-present

Read more about the lecturer here: users.icfo.es/Pietro.Massignan/CV_of_Pietro_Massignan.pdf

The lecture is held in English and open to all. No registration needed.

Coffee and tea will be served from 9:45.


For further information, please contact

Organisor and AIAS Fellow Jesper Fredenslund Levinsen at jfle@aias.au.dk.