The group of Huanqian Loh is setting up a new molecule lab at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore. Our focus is on the control of molecules at the single quantum state level.

Why molecules?
Molecules are exciting because compared to atoms, they possess rich internal structure and long-range anisotropic interactions. Realizing these molecular building blocks in the quantum regime will open the door to simulating interesting quantum materials, exploring cold controlled chemistry, quantum information processing, and fundamental physics.

What’s the challenge?
Molecules typically lack closed cycling transitions, so it is difficult to apply conventional atomic physics techniques like laser cooling to cool and control molecules.

What are we working on?
Recent breakthroughs in atomic physics research have enabled the creation of cold and ultracold molecules. Our lab is developing new methods to cool and control molecules.

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Really interested?
Come join our team!
We are actively seeking talented postdocs, PhD students, and undergraduates.
Together, let’s push this exciting new frontier of quantum physics!


09/2018: Mujahid and Krishna join us as PhD students. Welcome!
07/2018: Xiu Quan and Tianli join the group as FYP students. Billy also stays on in the group for his final year project. Hooray!
07/2018: We welcome three visiting students/interns – Mujahid, Krishna, and Angad.
03/2018: Huanqian gives a plenary talk at the annual Institute of Physics Singapore (IPS) meeting.
01/2018: Huanqian is awarded the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship (class of 2018). Thanks, NRF!
12/2017: Swarup Das joins the group as a research fellow. Welcome, Swarup!
12/2017: Billy joins the group as a UROPS student. Welcome, Billy!
11/2017: Huanqian is honored to have the opportunity to explain her research to Dr Tony Tan, former President of Singapore.

Credit: CQT’s Facebook page

10/2017: Loh lab gets its first optical table on a sunny Saturday while the littlest member of the Loh lab looks on, fascinated by the moving cranes.
09/2017: Deputy Prime Minister Teo, also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation Board, visits CQT. Huanqian explains her research to him and his delegation.

Credit: DPM Teo’s Facebook page

09/2017: Huanqian assumes duty as President’s assistant professor at the Department of Physics and Principal Investigator at CQT.
08/2017: CQT’s new labs in S14 are renovated! Check out this space.