The Quantum Simulator for Fundamental Physics (qSimFP) consortium, including 15 investigators from 7 UK Research Organisations and 5 International Partners was formed in 2018-2020. Funding through the Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics initiative started in November 2020 with the project duration of 3 years and 5 months. Our programme unites the quantum-technology and fundamental-physics communities, with leading scientists from both camps now working together and focusing on common goals.
We are interested in the dynamics of the early universe and black holes, which are fundamental reflections of the interplay between general relativity and quantum fields. The essential physical processes occur when gravitational interactions are strong and quantum effects are important. These situations are difficult to observe and impossible to experiment with, while the existing theoretical approaches are based on approximations that are in need of experimental verification. Our goal is to exploit the recent advances in quantum technologies, often motivated by fundamental physics questions, to make lab-based tests of the theories through analogue quantum simulation.
The initial funding will be used to set up a versatile early universe simulator (Cambridge) and two types of versatile quantum black hole simulators (Nottingham, RHUL and St. Andrews). The experimental facilities will be supported by the qSimFP Fundamental Physics consortium at KCL, Nottingham, RHUL and Newcastle.
We will deliver first scientific results within the scope of that grant. Looking beyond this 3.5-year horizon, we will establish both a new cross-disciplinary community and internationally-leading experimental facilities that will allow us to drive this new field forward for many years to come.
Recent news from the consortium
William G. Unruh
Origin and evolution of the multiply-quantised vortex instability
Sam Patrick, August Geelmuyden, Sebastian Erne, Carlo F. Barenghi, Silke WeinfurtnerSept. 9, 2021
Bubble Clustering in Cosmological First Order Phase Transitions
Dalila Pirvu, Jonathan Braden, Matthew C. JohnsonAug. 12, 2021
False vacuum decay in an ultracold spin-1 Bose gas
Thomas P. Billam, Kate Brown, Ian G. MossMay 24, 2021
The sound-ring radiation of expanding vortex clusters
August Geelmuyden, Sebastian Erne, Sam Patrick, Carlo Barenghi, Silke WeinfurtnerApril 15, 2021
Simulating cosmological supercooling with a cold atom system II
Thomas P. Billam, Kate Brown, Andrew J. Groszek, Ian G. MossNov. 20, 2020
Interferometric Unruh detectors for Bose-Einstein condensates
Cisco Gooding, Steffen Biermann, Sebastian Erne, Jorma Louko, William G. Unruh, Joerg Schmiedmayer, Silke WeinfurtnerOct. 13, 2020
Unruh and analogue Unruh temperatures for circular motion in 3+1 and 2+1 dimensions
Steffen Biermann, Sebastian Erne, Cisco Gooding, Jorma Louko, Jörg Schmiedmayer, William G. Unruh, Silke Weinfurtner