How can we better understand and exploit the quantum mechanical world of atoms and light?
Hosten Group aims to develop innovative techniques to control quantum properties of atomic, optical and mechanical systems with an eye towards applications in the domain of quantum-enabled technologies, precision sensing, and fundamental science.
Our research focuses on developing new sensing methods that gainfully utilize quantum mechanical phenomena. By manipulating the collective properties of cold atomic ensembles in optical cavities, or mechanical systems coupled to optical cavities, our group seeks to investigate and gainfully utilize concepts of quantum entanglement, quantum measurement, and light-assisted atomic interactions to develop new sensing techniques, e.g., for force or acceleration sensing, or making ultra-precise clocks, while gaining insight into fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics. Using these sensors, the long-term goal is to explore challenging experimental questions such as the nature of dark matter, and the interplay between quantum mechanics and gravity.