News Interview has published an article titled Why an ultracold gas is like a wireless network. It discusses the relation between wireless networks and Rydberg gases, and was based on our research discussed in Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 163001. The article is based on an interview with me. The article also discusses a few potential future directions for our research, which we have been thinking about.

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Taken from the article at, as written by author Hamish Johnston:

A surprising similarity between ultracold gases of “Rydberg atoms” and wireless telecommunications networks has been spotted by mathematicians and physicists at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Using algorithms designed to boost the performance of certain wireless networks, Jaron Sanders and colleagues have gained insights into why these atoms sometimes form crystalline structures. As the algorithms can also be used to control such structures, ensembles of Rydberg atoms could therefore be created in specific quantum states and used in quantum-information applications. The technique could even one day be used to create quantum-logic gates using Rydberg atoms.


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Jaron Sanders received in 2012 M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, as well as a PhD degree in Mathematics in 2016. After he obtained his PhD degree, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Jaron Sanders then worked as an assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology, and now works as an assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests are applied probability, queueing theory, stochastic optimization, stochastic networks, wireless networks, and interacting (particle) systems.