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Quantum Physics Research Group

This is a research group within the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Computer Engineering at CPUT. The group, led by physicist Dr Kessie Govender, will investigate and develop expertise in quantum based technologies, such as quantum communications, quantum computing and investigate more fundamental issues related to cold atoms and Bose-Einstein Condensates. A laboratory is being developed for the purposes of laser cooling of atoms, and subsequent development of quantum information processing components. The group has collaborative links with researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, iThemba labs, and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA).


Dr Kessie Govender
Dept. of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Tel: +27 21 959 6925

Group members

Dr Kessie Govender (group leader)

Prof G. de Jager, Adjunct Professor and advisor

Prof G. Orjubin

Mr Rory Pentz, staff member and Doctoral student

Mr Adrian Wyngaard, Masters students

Ms Meena Patel, Masters student

Mr James Stubbs, Masters student

Mr Evenor Moe Mackosso, Masters student

Current projects

  • Numerical studies of laser-atom interactions
  • Saturated absorption spectroscopy of Rubidium
  • Feedback control of external cavity diode lasers
  • Optical Four-Wave-Mixing in Rubidium gas
  • Laser cooling of Rubidium Atoms
  • Atomic clocks