Ytterbium Rydberg NQO project

In May 2018 we begun construction of a new experiment apparatus which will combine ultracold Ytterbium atoms with few-photon Rydberg excitation and nonlinear quantum optics. The core goal of this project is to exploit the advantages provided by Yb for realizing large systems of strongly interacting Rydberg polaritons beyond what is currently achieved in alkali gas experiments. Beyond the NQO applications enabled by this new system, we als plan to study in detail the Rydberg physics of this earth-alkaline-like atomic species.