Bharath and Cesar receive Marie Skłodowska Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

February 06, 2020

Dr. Bharath Hebbe Madhusudhana and Dr. Cesar Cabrera have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship under the Horizon 2020 program. Congratulations to both!

Bharath's proposal for the Marie-Curie fellowship was to study Many-Body localization. The question of how an isolated quantum mechanical system thermalizes is not only significant in condensed matter physics, but it also invokes the intriguing problem of the apparent loss of information in a complex system as it thermalizes. A curious case is when a complex system fails to thermalize altogether -- a phenomenon known as many-body localization (MBL). During his fellowship, Bharath and his collegues plan to use interacting ultracold fermions in a lattice to experimentally study the distinctive properties of MBL using a novel set of observables.

In his project, Cesar and his colleagues will study the properties of interacting topological insulators using ultracold atoms in optical lattices. To this end, they will build a bosonic quantum gas microscope of Cesium atoms that allows for single site resolved imaging in combination with excellent control of atomic interactions. In addition, they will implement a new technique based on Raman-induced tunneling in state-dependent potentials to create artificial gauge fields. The spatial resolution provided by the quantum gas microscope, the precise control of atom interactions, and the implementation of a new driving-scheme will open the possibility to prepare adiabatically and study strongly-correlated topological phases.

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