Molecular Quantum Matter
Dr Giacomo Valtolina
We are an experimental group in the Molecular Physics Department at the Fritz Haber Institute. Our research focuses on atomic and molecular systems at ultracold temperatures. We explore new regimes in experimental quantum science at the interface of quantum simulation, state-resolved chemistry, and precision measurements.
We are starting a new experiment for controlling dipolar atoms and molecules with optical cavities. Strong light-matter coupling will enable us to realize new hybrid quasi-particles, so-called molecular polaritons, that wil be used to explore new many-body regimes but also to engineer new molecular systems with different chemical properties. Cavity control of chemical reactions is a radical new approach to stabilize ultracold molecules and to tame dissipative processes that hamper molecular quantum technologies and fundamental science.