Matter waves in fundamental and applied physics

Matter waves and their interference provide sensitive probes for a broad range of important physics. On the fundamental side, it is possible to search for new physics in outstandingly precise experiments - such as candidates for dark matter and dark energy, violations of Lorentz invariance and the equivalence principle, or minuscule deviations from the Standard Model. On the applied side, we measure inertial forces and gravity, develop instruments for the life sciences, and may help to define SI units. Applying methods from atomic, molecular, and optical physics, we advance experimental technology to push the sensitivity of experiments to new levels. 

We are deeply grateful for the funding agencies who provide us the means to pursue our work.


Recent News

Professor Holger Müller will headline a Science@Cal lecture titled "Shining light on dark matter and dark energy with lasers and atoms" on Saturday, Feb 20. Details can be found here!


We have won the 2016 President's Research Catalyst Award for Professor Holger Müller's "Network of Sensors for Exotic Physics" proposal. This multi-UC campus collaboration will search for ultralight dark matter candidates.



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