Honours project: Destructive/non-destructive darkground imaging of BECs and lattice physics

This project will centre on implementing and characterising the darkground imaging capabilities that we are developing in the lab. This would involve continuing development of an off-resonant laser system, and fabrication of both darkground masks and phase-contrast masks at the ANFF fabrication facility. 

An overall goal would be to demonstrate imaging of few atoms in our setup (previous research has achieved ~7). This project would feed in to characterising digital-micromirror-based (DMD) lattices. Imaging of the lattice configurations should be greatly improved with darkground imaging. This should allow for imaging of a lattice at our resolution limit – where quantum tunnelling is an important feature.