Address

- Department of Physics
- University of Strathclyde
- John Anderson, Room 6.09
- Email: timon.hilker@strath.ac.uk
- Fax (+44) 141 552 2891
- 107 Rottenrow East
- Glasgow G4 0NG, UK

I am working on quantum simulations of complex many-body systems with neutral atoms at nanokelvin temperatures. In particular, I am looking at the physics of strongly correlated electrons through experiments with fermionic Lithium atoms in optical lattices. My research covers a range from analogue quantum simulations of the Hubbard model, via quantum gates in superlattices, to the development of a fermionic quantum computer. My goal is to study phenomena related to high-temperature superconductivity by measuring high-order correlation functions in experiments with single-particle resolution.

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2024 as a Reader after four years as a group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) near Munich, Germany. During this time, my team did the first quantum simulation experiments observing the pairing between dopants in an antiferromagnet, and we realised a symmetry-protected topological phase with Fermions in a lattice. Prior, I studied Engineering Physics (BSc) and Physics (Diploma) at the TU Munich, went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Fulbright scholarship, and then did my PhD with Christian Gross and Immanuel Bloch at MPQ. We built one of the first Fermionic Quantum Gas Microscopes and observed antiferromagnetism and magnetic polarons in Fermi Hubbard simulations. After graduating in 2017, I moved to Cambridge to work with Zoran Hadzibabic on box-trapped BECs funded by a Marie-Curie fellowship.

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