Credit: L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Credit: L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Time evolution of dispersive bulk states (left) and localized boundary states (right) of a one-dimensional topological insulator.

view of the apparatus from the source chamber

Credit: L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

the group pretends to discuss physics while being photographed

Credit: L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Welcome to the Gadway Lab in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

We’re an experimental group performing research on ultracold atomic quantum gases. Such ultracold [nanokelvin temperature] gases of atoms offer a highly controllable platform for studying many-body quantum physics and emergent quantum phenomena. These systems of atoms can be manipulated in such a way that they mimic or simulate the behavior of different quantum systems, ranging from complex solid-state materials to nuclear matter under extreme conditions. We’re interested in using this idea of quantum simulation to answer important and challenging questions, to aid in the design of new materials, and to otherwise expand our knowledge of the physical world.