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Professor Zoran Hadzibabic

Professor Zoran Hadzibabic

Professor of Physics

Trinity College, Fellow and Director of Studies

Room 835 Rutherford Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue

Cambridge CB3 0HE
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 337004


Zoran Hadzibabic received his PhD from MIT in 2003 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, before joining the Cavendish as a Lecturer in 2007. He was promoted to Readership in 2012 and Professorship in 2014. His honours include an ERC Consolidator Grant, an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship, an IOP-SFP Holweck Medal and Prize, and a Fellowship of the American Physical Society. 

Research Interests

I am interested in novel collective quantum phenomena which can be studied using ultracold atomic gases as highly controllable strongly correlated many-body systems.


  • Statistical Physics
  • optical trapping
  • quantum simulations
  • nonequilibrium
  • ultracold atoms
  • low dimensions
  • Quantum materials

Key Publications

  1. Synthetic dissipation and cascade fluxes in a turbulent quantum gas, N. Navon, C. Eigen, J. Zhang, R. Lopes, A. L. Gaunt, K. Fujimoto, M. Tsubota, R. P. Smith, and Z. Hadzibabic, Science 366, 382 (2019).
  2. Universal prethermal dynamics of Bose gases quenched to unitarity, C. Eigen, J. A. P. Glidden, R. Lopes, E. A. Cornell, R. P. Smith, and Z. Hadzibabic, Nature 563, 221 (2018). 
  3. Two- and three-body contacts in the unitary Bose gas, R. J. Fletcher, R. Lopes, J. Man, N. Navon, R. P. Smith, M. W. Zwierlein, and Z. Hadzibabic, Science 355, 377 (2017). 
  4. Emergence of a turbulent cascade in a quantum gas, N. Navon, A. L. Gaunt, R. P. Smith, and Z. Hadzibabic, Nature 539, 72 (2016). 
  5. Critical dynamics of spontaneous symmetry breaking in a homogeneous Bose gas, N. Navon, A. L. Gaunt, R. P. Smith, and Z. Hadzibabic, Science 347, 167 (2015). 
  6. Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atoms in a Uniform Potential,  A. L. Gaunt, T. F. Schmidutz, I. Gotlibovych, R. P. Smith, and Z. Hadzibabic, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 200406 (2013).
  7. Spin-Injection Spectroscopy of a Spin-Orbit Coupled Fermi Gas, L. W. Cheuk, A. T. Sommer, Z. Hadzibabic, T. Yefsah, W. S. Bakr, and M. W. Zwierlein, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 095302 (2012).
  8. Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless Crossover in a Trapped Atomic Gas, Z. Hadzibabic, P. Krüger, M. Cheneau, B. Battelier, and J. Dalibard, Nature, 441, 1118 (2006).
  9. Observation of Bose-Einstein Condensation of Molecules,  M.W. Zwierlein, C.A. Stan, C.H. Schunck, S.M.F. Raupach, S. Gupta, Z. Hadzibabic, and W. Ketterle, Phys. Rev. Lett.,  91, 250401 (2003).
  10. Two-Species Mixture of Quantum Degenerate Bose and Fermi Gases,  Z. Hadzibabic, C.A. Stan, K. Dieckmann, S. Gupta, M.W. Zwierlein, A. Görlitz, and W. Ketterle, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 160401 (2002).

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