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Prix Nobel en 1997 pour le ralentissement et le piégeage des atomes par la lumière laser.

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Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum-Atom Optics

ACQAO con­centrates on fundamental research in both quantum and atom optics. It prepares the scientific tools for the development of future quantum technologies, in particular for communication, data storage, data processing and sensing. ACQAO combines new theoretical approaches and experimental techniques from quantum optics (dealing with light) and atom optics (using ultra cold atoms), which were previ­ously separated fields ofresearch. ACQAO is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Australian Re­search Council (ARC) with an annual budget of about 2.3 MA$ over the period of eight years (2003­ - 2010 ). This funding is complemented by the support from three host Universities, both through addi­tional fun ding and kind contributions. The funding is used to support 4 theory groups and six experi­ments. ACQAO will apply for renewal as an ARC Centre of Excellence in 2010 for at least five years.

ACQAO combines the expertise of nodes at three partner Universities :

  • The Australian National University, Canberra (ANU)
  • The University ofQueensiand, Brisbane (UQ)
  • Swinburne University ofT echnology, Melbourne (SUT)

ACQAO has developed joint research goals with both IFRAF and QUEST. ACQAO and QUEST work with strong common expertise, including ultra cold atom experiments such as atom lasers and BECs on chips, molecular BECs, quantum optics with spatial multi-modes. ACQAO and University of Paris jointly host three cotutelle students under supervision of IFRAF. Moreover, ACQAO main­tains a lively exchange of students and staff with QUEST and has hosted Fedor Lynen Fellows from Hannover. Both IFRAF and QUEST are formally recognized by the ARC as international partners of ACQAO. The Director of ACQAO (Hans Bachor) is a member of the QUEST advisory committee. Alain Aspect, a member of IFRAF, is also member ofthe ACQAO advisory board.

The three Centres have organized and will organize in dose collaboration some of the most important international meetings in their research fields, in particular lCOLS 2003 (ACQAO), 1COLS 2011 (QUEST), rCAP 2010 (ACQAO), 1CAP 2012 (IFRAF).

Together, they have installed a series of joint international student workshops (Hannover 2003, Kioloa Australia 2004, Les Houches Franee 2005, Hannover 2007, Kioloa Australia 2007, and Les Houches France 2009). These meetings are very important for establishing scientific links between the centres. Scientists at ACQAO are already members of European Projects, for example Hans Bachor (ACQAO) and Nicolas Treps (LKB Paris) are mem­bers of the HIDEAS program as part of the FP7 European Funding Framework.

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