Dr Chris Vale
Project: Ultracold Fermions
Telephone: +61 3 9214 8026 (office) +61 3 9214 5836 (lab.)
Fax: +61 3 9214 5160
BSc (Hons), Victoria University,
PhD in Physics, Victoria University, Australia (2001)
2000 - 2002, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of
2003 - 2006, Research Fellow, University of Queensland, Australia
2007 – 2011, Senior Research Fellow, Swinburne University
of Technology, Australia
2012 – Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, Swinburne University
of Technology, Australia
My research lies in the broad area of experiments with ultracold
atoms, both bosons and fermions. I began in this area looking at Bose-Einstein condensates on atom chips. In 2007 I moved to Swinburne and began working on ultracold Fermi gases near a Feshbach resonance. We have studied p-wave Feshbach
molecules and used Bragg spectroscopy to characterise pairing
across a broad s-wave Feshbach resonance. More recently we have been looking at aspects of universality in Fermi gases and the transition to lower dimensions. Research with Fermi
gases is now beginning to explore the interface of condensed matter and
atomic physics where systems of cold atoms are being used
to realise highly pure and precisely controlled quantum-many-body
See our Group Webpage for further details.
Selected Publications (full listing available at ResearcherID G-5524-2011):
- S. Hoinka, M. G. Lingham, K. Fenech, H. Hu, C. J. Vale J. E. Drut, and S. Gandolfi, Precise Determination of the Structure Factor and Contact in a Unitary Fermi Gas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 055305 (2013).
- S. Hoinka, M. G. Lingham, H. Hu, P. Hannaford, and C. J. Vale, Dynamic Spin response of a strongly interacting Fermi Gas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 050403 (2012).
- E. D. Kuhnle, S. Hoinka, P. Dyke, H. Hu, P. Hannaford, and C. J. Vale, Temperature dependence of the universal contact parameter in a unitary Fermi Gas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 170402 (2011).
- P. Dyke, E. D. Kuhnle, S. Whitlock, H. Hu, M. Mark, S. Hoinka, M. Lingham, P. Hannaford, and C. J. Vale, Crossover from 2D to 3D in aWeakly Interacting Fermi Gas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 105304 (2011).
- E. D. Kuhnle, H. Hu, X.-J. Liu, P. Dyke, M. Mark, P. D. Drummond, P. Hannaford, and C. J. Vale, Universal Behavior of Pair Correlations in a Strongly Interacting Fermi Gas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 070402 (2010).
- G. Veeravalli, E. Kuhnle, P.
Dyke, and C. J. Vale, Bragg spectroscopy of a strongly
interacting Fermi gas, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101,
J. Fuchs, C. Ticknor, P. Dyke,
G. Veeravalli, E. Kuhnle, P. Hannaford, W. Rowlands, and
C. J. Vale, Binding energies of 6Li p-wave Feshbach
molecules, Phys. Rev. A 77, 053616
J. Fuchs, G. J. Duffy, G. Veeravalli,
P. Dyke, M. Bartenstein, C. J. Vale, P. Hannaford and
W. Rowlands, Molecular Bose-Einstein condensation
in a versatile low power crossed dipole trap, J.
Phys. B 40, 4109 (2007).
A. Ratnapala, C. J. Vale, A.
G. White, M. D. Harvey, N. R. Heckenberg and H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop,
Laser locking by direct measurement of detuning,
Opt. Lett. 29, 2704, (2004).
C. J. Vale, B. Upcroft, M. J.
Davis, N. R. Heckenberg and H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Foil-based
atom chips for Bose-Einstein condensates, J. Phys.
B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 37, 2959 (2004).
M. P. A. Jones, C. J. Vale, D.
Sahagun, B. V. Hall and E. A. Hinds, Spin coupling
between cold atoms and thermal fluctuations of a metal
surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 080401,
E. A. Hinds, C. J. Vale and M.
G. Boshier, Two-wire waveguide and interferometer
for cold atoms, Phys. Rev. Lett., 86,