We are setting up a novel quantum simulation platform based on Strontium atoms with single particle detection and control.
This alkaline-earth atom used in the current best optical clocks has both broad and narrow optical transitions which are convenient for laser cooling close to degeneracy. It furthermore has three stable bosonic isotopes and one fermionic isotope with vastly different collisional properties. With a nuclear spin 9/2, the fermion enables the study of exotic phenomena using synthetic dimensions and allows to address SU(N) magnetism with N>3. Finally, the existence of clock states is at the origin of highly coherent single photon Rydberg dressing approaches to engineer spin models, making strontium very attractive for quantum simulation.
Our first experimental challenges will be:
The production of mesoscopic quantum gases with high repetition rate.
The development of spin-resolved quantum gas microscopy for strontium.
The production of large and programmable three dimensional optical tweezer arrays filled with exactly one atom per tweezer.