Dr Maarten Dirk Hoogerland

MSc (Rijksuniversiteit Leiden)/PhD (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)

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Senior Lecturer » Physics

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My undergraduate days were spent at the The University of Leiden in Leiden, the Netherlands. After obtaining my Master's in Leiden in 1989 in the group of Prof. Woerdman, I moved to The University of Eindhoven for my PhD in the group of Herman Beijerinck, which I finished in 1993. Subsequently, I went to do a postdoc at The National Institutute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, in the group of Bill Phillips.

In 1994, I moved to Australia, where I became a Research Fellow and lateron (1999) a Fellow in the Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, at the Australian National University, Canberra. In 2001 I moved back to the Netherlands to start work in a commercial company, ASML, on lithographic equipment. In 2002 I took up a position of Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland.

I have established a new ultra-cold atom research facility in Auckland, which features an all-optical Bose-Einstein Condensate of rubidium atoms.


Research | Current

  • Fundamental atomic physics
  • Atom trapping and cooling
  • Quantum information
  • Quantum chaos
  • Atom lasers

My research is been centered around the interaction and correspondence between light and matter, and the application of its principles to other areas of research. At low temperatures, matter can be made to behave much like light, i.e., best described by waves. In its interaction with such matter, light can behave like it is composed of particles. Laser cooling and trapping forms a key technique in understanding this interplay. I apply these cooling and trapping techniques to experimental research areas of fundamental atomic physics, quantum chaos, quantum information, and atom lasers. From this research emerges a deeper understanding of the quantum world, which determines in turn what happens in the world around us. Spin-offs from this research I am involved with are improved spectroscopic techniques, laser techniques, interferometric high-precision measurements and atomic beam applications.


Areas of expertise

Spectroscopy, Ultra-cold atoms, Quantum Optics, Lasers

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • White, D. H., Ruddell, S. K., & Hoogerland, M. D. (2014). Phase noise in the delta kicked rotor: from quantum to classical. New Journal of Physics, 16 (11), 113039-113039. 10.1088/1367-2630/16/11/113039
  • Ruddell, S. K., White, D. H., Ullah, A., & Hoogerland, M. D. (2014). Direct measurement of the heat capacity of a Bose-Einstein condensate. .
  • White, D. H., Ruddell, S. K., & Hoogerland, M. D. (2013). Experimental Realization of a Quantum Ratchet Through Phase Modulation. Phys. Rev. A, 88,10.1103/PhysRevA.88.063603
  • Hoogerland, M. D. (7/12/2011). Quantum statistics in a Gaussian Potential. Paper presented at DWC workshop, Dunedin. 6 December - 8 December 2011.
  • Hoogerland, M. D. (29/11/2011). Resonance effects in the atom optics kicked rotor. Paper presented at Regional Workshop on Ultracold Atoms, Kioloa, NSW, Australia. 28 November - 30 November 2011.
  • Hoogerland, M. D., Borbely, J., van Rooij, R., Simonet, J., & Eikema, K. S. E. (15/9/2011). Magnetic resonances in quantum degenerate helium. Poster presented at Bose-Einstein Condensation 2011: Frontiers in Quantum Gases, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain.
  • Hoogerland, M. D. (1/9/2011). Frequency metrology in quantum degenerate helium. Paper presented at IQEC/CLEO Pacific Rim conference 2011, Sydney, Australia. 28 August - 1 September 2011.
  • Hoogerland, M. D., van Rooij, R., Borbely, J. S., Simonet, J., Eikema, K. S. E., & Vassen, W. (30/5/2011). Spectroscopy of the 1s2s 3S1 – 1s2s 1S0 transition in quantum degenerate helium. Paper presented at 20th International Conference on Laser Spectroscopy, Schlosshotel Münchhausen, Aerzen, Germany. 30 May - 3 June 2011.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 6, Room 303-627
Auckland 1010
New Zealand