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"Coherently prepared media - novel properties and applications" is a research project dedicated to studies of a new type of materials, the so-called coherently prepared media (CPM), which possess extraordinary physical properties. The project concentrates on the analysis of optical properties of CPM, which originate from microscopic properties (quantum superpositions of energy levels) of atoms or molecules constituting the media: ultra-cold gases (Bose-Einstein condensates), room temperature gases, diamonds with NV-color centers, photonic-crystal fibers. The quantum state of the particles will be tailored by mean of electromagnetic fields. The research merges such fields as atomic physics, atomic optics, solid-state physics, photonics, and quantum information theory. It stands at the frontiers of fundamental science, as well as modern hi-tech applications.

The main goal of the project is to organize a group of devoted young researchers, who, under supervision of project's leader - prof. Wojciech Gawlik, will pursue ambitious and fascinating research.

The project starts at October 1, 2009 and it lasts till August 31, 2013.

The project involves broad cooperation.

"Coherently prepared media - novel properties and applications" is realized within the Foundation for Polish Science Team Programme co-financed by the EU European Regional Development Fund.