This new initiative hosts a seminar once a month for the Australia – New Zealand cold atom research community.  The purpose is to encourage and facilitate ongoing discussions and collaboration in the local community.  Talks should be less than 40 minutes in length to allow ample time for questions and discussion.

Seminars will be held on the last Friday of the month (except for December) at 1pm Melbourne time (which is normally 3pm New Zealand time).  While the primary format is online via Zoom, various institutions will host the seminar in local seminar rooms.  The Zoom link is

You can sign up for announcements for the seminars at this webpage:

Seminars are recorded, and past seminars can be accessed from this web page.

Contact Matthew Davis for further information.



First-order topological transition and Andreev edge states in the spin-orbit-coupled polarized 2D Fermi superfluid

24 November 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Professor Uli Zülicke
Affiliation: Victoria University of Wellington

Towards a Bose-Fermi Rydberg optical light switch

3 November 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Susi Otto
Affiliation: University of Otago

Spatial coherence of trapped exciton-polariton condensates

6 October 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Dr Eli Estrecho
Affiliation: Australian National University

Advancing atom arrays with new methods to scale up arrays and program interactions

25 August 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Speaker: Loh Huanqian, Assistant Professor
Affiliation: National University of Singapore, Centre for Quantum Technologies

An interaction-driven heat engine enabled by atom-atom correlations

28 July 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Speaker: Professor Karen Kheruntsyan
Affiliation: University of Queensland, School of Mathematics and Physics

Atomic structure theory and searches for new physics in precision atomic experiments

26 May 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Speaker: Dr Jacinda Ginges
Affiliation: School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland

Simulating dynamical gauge potentials with ultracold atoms: theory and experiments

28 April 2023 1:00pm2:00pm
Speaker: Dr Matthew Edmonds
Affiliation: ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, University of Queensland

Classical Field Models for Multimode Bosonic Tunnelling Junctions

31 March 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Dr Matt Reeves
Affiliation: University of Queensland

A molecular bond between ions and Rydberg atoms

24 February 2023 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Professor Tilman Pfau
Affiliation: University of Stuttgart

Rotating Quantum Stuff

28 October 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Professor Andy Martin
Affiliation: University of Melbourne

Fermi polarons: from cold atoms to electrons

7 October 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Speaker: Professor Meera Parish
Affiliation: Monash University

Rotating bubble shaped Bose-Einstein condensates

26 August 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Speaker: Dr Angela White
Affiliation: University of Queensland

An extensible computational toolbox for ultracold atoms

29 April 2022 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor Joachim Brand
New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study
Massey University, Auckland

Liquid time crystals

25 March 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Tapio Simula
Swinburne University of Technology

Quantum-enhanced atom interferometry

25 February 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Dr Simon Haine
Australian National University

Switching on a Fermi superfluid

26 November 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Professor Chris Vale
Optical Sciences Centre (Deputy Director)
ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
Swinburne University of Technology

Interactions and collective excitations of condensed exciton-polaritons

29 October 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Professor Elena Ostrovskaya
ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies
Australian National University

Quantum behaviour of a heavy impurity in a Bose gas

17 September 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Jesper Levinson
Monash University

Atomic pole dance

27 August 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor Niels Kjaergaard
University of Otago, New Zealand

Microscopic pairing theory of ultradilute quantum droplets

30 July 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor Xia-Ji Liu
Centre for Quantum and Optical Science,
Swinburne University of Technology

Quantum droplets and supersolidity in a magnetic superfluid

25 June 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Professor Blair Blakie
University of Otago

The gas phase of vortex matter

28 May 2021 1:00pm2:00pm
Dr Tyler Neely
University of Queensland