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Hosten Group

Quantum Sensing with Atoms and Light

The Hosten Group aims to develop innovative techniques to control quantum properties of atomic, optical, and mechanical systems with an eye towards applications in the domain of quantum-enabled technologies and precision sensing, as well as in fundamental science.

The group’s research focuses on developing new sensing methods that gainfully utilize quantum mechanical phenomena. By manipulating the collective properties of cold atomic ensembles in optical cavities, or mechanical systems coupled to optical cavities, they seek to investigate and gainfully utilize concepts of quantum entanglement, quantum measurement, and light-assisted atomic interactions to develop new sensing techniques, e.g., for force or acceleration sensing, or making ultra-precise clocks, while gaining insight into fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics. Using these sensors, the long-term goal is to explore challenging experimental questions such as the nature of dark matter and the interplay between quantum mechanics and gravity.


Current Projects

Atom interferometry with spin squeezed atomic ensembles | Spin squeezing in a traveling wave optical cavity | Milligram scale opto-mechanical oscillators near the quantum regime | Hybrid systems of cold atoms and mechanical oscillators | Development of precision laser stabilization methods


ReX-Link: Onur Hosten


Since 2018 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2015 – 2017 Research Associate, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
2010 – 2015 Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University , Palo Alto, USA
2010 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Selected Distinctions

2023 ERC Consolidator Grant
2011 Outstanding Doctoral Theses in AMO Physics (top four), American Physical Society
2010 Karl van Bibber Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Stanford University
2010 Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellowship (offered), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2008 Ross J. Martin Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Additional Information

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