Welcome to the Dypole lab of Professor Wolfgang Ketterle. We are interested in using dysprosium, the most magnetic element, to explore long-range dipolar interactions in an optical lattice. Long-range interactions open many possibilities for creating new type of strong correlations in many-body systems. Such long-range strong correlations are key to many exotic materials currently studied for their potential applications and pose the greatest challenge to our understanding of many-body quantum states.


Taking advantage of the large tensorial light shift (quadratic Zeeman effect) around a narrow transition, we have recently localized two layers of dipolar atoms at a distance of ~50 nanometers.