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COMP’s Miikka Heikkinen received Best Physics Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2014

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Miikka Heikkinen delivering a presentation on his award-winning doctoral dissertation.

Miikka Heikkinen was one of three recipients of the inaugural Best Physics Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2014. In the work, “Making a spin-difference in quantum gases” Heikkinen studied ultracold atomic gases in optical lattices. Exotic superfluid states were analyzed using mean-field theory and advanced dynamical mean-field theory. The work provided new understanding to the role of quantum fluctuations in spin-imbalanced gases and a novel spin-asymmetric Josephson effect.

Heikkinen’s PhD was supervised by Physics professor Päivi Törmä, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanosciences (COMP). COMP researches structures and systems at the atomic and molecular levels from a material physics perspective and is jointly funded by the Academy of Finland and Aalto University.

In dynamical mean field theory, one lattice site is considered representative of all lattice sites. The physically correct solution is obtained by self-consistent iteration.

In dynamical mean field theory, one lattice site is considered representative of all lattice sites. The physically
correct solution is obtained by self-consistent iteration.

For more information about the Academy of Finland’s Centres of Excellence: http://www.aka.fi/en-GB/A/Programmes-and-Cooperation/Centres-of-Excellence-/

Heikkinen’s thesis: https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/13358

To learn more about Törmä’s research group, Quantum Dynamics: http://physics.aalto.fi/groups/comp/qd/