PhD student position in Quantum magnetism of large-spin fermions

Quantum magnetism of large-spin fermions 

We propose to study the magnetic properties of ultra-cold strontium atoms trapped in periodic potentials made of a 3D optical lattice. Compared to s=1/2 electrons, strontium atoms possess an enlarged spin degrees of freedom, due to its nuclear spin F=9/2. This allows to explore quantum many-body physics and quantum magnetism in a completely new situation, where, for example, the magnetic phases at low temperature are expected to crucially depend on an interplay between the number of spin states and the lattice topology.

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