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Personal Statement

Stefan Kuhr is Head of the Optics Division and the Experimental Quantum Optics and Photonics Group. His current research work focuses on single-atom resolved manipulation and detection of ultracold atoms in optical lattices (details). Stefan joined the Physics Department of the University of Strathclyde in 2011 and holds the SUPA Chair of Quantum Information. From 2007 - 2011 he has been working as a senior scientist at the University of Mainz and the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching. Stefan received his PhD in 2003 in Bonn and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris from 2003 - 2006. | Researcher-ID F-7296-2011; Google Scholar Profile. |

Prof. Stefan Kuhr
University of Strathlcyde
Department of Physics
John Anderson Building, Room 819
Glasgow G4 0NG
United Kindgom

NEW: Fermionic quantum-gas microscope published in Nature Physics: Nature Physics, Advance Online Publication (13 July 2015).

Research Interests

Stefan Kuhr’s research activities are focussed on optical lattices with single-atom detection capabilities (link to EQOP home page). His team at the University of Strathclyde very recently realized a fermionic quantum-gas microscope [Nature Physics 11, 738 (2015)]. As a senior scientist at the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (2009-2011) and in Mainz (2007-2009), he pioneered single-atom-resolved detection and manipulation of strongly correlated ultracold atoms in optical lattices [Nature 467, 68 (2010)]. He demonstrated addressing of individual atoms with sub-diffraction-limited resolution [Nature 471, 319 (2011)], the measurements of quantum fluctuations across the superfluid-to-Mott-Insulator transition [Science 334, 200 (2011)], direct measurement of correlation spreading [Nature 481, 484 (2012)], the observation of the ‘Higgs’ amplitude mode [Nature 487, 454, (2012)] and Rydberg blockade [Nature 491, 87 (2012)], and time-dynamics of spin-impurities [Nature Physics 9, 235 (2013)]. Kuhr’s other key contributions to quantum optics were quantum non-demolition detection of single photons [Nature 446, 297 (2007), Nature 448, 889 (2007)] (postdoc with 2012 Physics Nobel Laureate Serge Haroche at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris) and a “single-atom conveyor-belt” [Science 293, 278 (2001)] (PhD work in Bonn).

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Projects 2011 2022

Research Output 2000 2017

2 Citations

Sub-Doppler laser cooling of 40K with Raman gray molasses on the D2 line

Bruce, G. D., Haller, E., Peaudecerf, B., Cotta, D. A., Andia, M., Wu, S., Johnson, M. Y. H., Lovett, B. W. & Kuhr, S. 12 Apr 2017 In : Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. 50, 9, 7 p., 095002

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
laser cooling
16 Citations

Quantum-gas microscopes: a new tool for cold-atom quantum simulators

Kuhr, S. 19 Apr 2016 In : National Science Review. 3, 2, p. 170-172 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


A single-site resolution fermionic quantum-gas microscope

Author: Cotta, D., 1 May 2016

Supervisor: Kuhr, S. (Supervisor) & Riis, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Dynamics of quantum many-body systems with long-range interactions

Author: Buyskikh, A., 1 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Daley, A. (Supervisor) & Kuhr, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis