Discipline: 
Physics
Status: 
Available
Level: 
PhD Project
Level: 
Masters Project
Level: 
Honours Project
Level: 
Summer Project
Supervisor(s): 
Associate Professor Karen Kheruntsyan

PhD, Masters, Honours, and Summer projects are available in the area of fundamental tests of quantum mechanics in macroscopic regimes. The project addresses an open fundamental question in physics of how quantum mechanics applies to systems of mesoscopic and macroscopic sizes. The project will provide theoretical guidance to Australia’s research effort to experimentally demonstrate - for the first time - quantum ‘entanglement’ between large, spatially separated ensembles of ultracold atoms. Apart from being of quintessential importance to validating some of the foundational principles of quantum mechanics in new realms, controlled generation of large-scale entangled systems is important for harnessing such systems for the development of future quantum devices, as well as for enabling new insights into the unification of quantum theory with gravity.