ColOpt’s research programme focuses on collective interactions of structured light with laser-cooled cold and quantum-degenerate matter. Collective, nonlinear dynamics and spontaneous self-organization are abundant in nature, sciences and technology and of central importance.

Building on this interdisciplinary relevance, a particular novelty of ColOpt is the integration of classical and quantum self-organization. We will explore innovative control of matter through opto-mechanical effects, identify novel quantum phases, enhance knowledge of long-range coupled systems and advance the associated trapping, laser and optical technologies, thus establishing new concepts in quantum information and simulation.

© Dept of Physics, University of Strathclyde, & Institut Non Lineaire de Nice.