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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory


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. 


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


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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Professor of Physics
Trinity College, Fellow and Director of Studies
Professor Zoran  Hadzibabic

Contact Details

Room 835 Rutherford Building
Cavendish Laboratory
JJ Thomson Avenue
+44 (0)1223 337004


Person keywords: 
Statistical Physics
optical trapping
quantum simulations
ultracold atoms
low dimensions
Quantum materials