Peter Engels studied physics at the University of Bonn, Germany. After a stay at Princeton University as a visiting graduate student, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Hanover, Germany. In his postdoctoral research at JILA / University of Colorado, he investigated the physics of vortex lattices in BECs. He currently holds an Associate Professor position at Washington State University where he conducts experiments studying the dynamics of BECs and quantum degenerate Fermi gases.
New experiments create pairs of vortices of opposite circulation by forcing a Bose-Einstein condensate to flow past an obstacle.