Cooling and Trapping of Atoms and Molecules

Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2009 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Michaela Kleinert
Speaker's Institution: 
Willamette University

 

The invention of the magneto-optical trap (MOT) in 1987 - which was awarded the Noble Price in Physics 10 years later - has enabled many new and exciting experiments. Among them are precision measurements of basic atomic and collisional properties, Bose-Einstein Condensates and atom lasers, just to name a few.
Recent developments in the field of atomic and molecular physics have included the creation of diatomic molecules, both consisting of the same (homonuclear) and of different (heteronuclear) atomic species. These ultracold molecules promise to revolutionize physical chemistry, few-body physics, precision measurements and quantum information processing, similar to how ultracold atoms revolutionized AMO physics several years ago.
I will discuss the current state of the art in ultracold AMO physics and outline the research we are planning to do at Willamette University.