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New tricks with ultracold strontium: Laser cooling to BEC & Quantum degenerate Rb-Sr mixtures

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA Auditorium

Speaker Name(s): 

Florian Schreck

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

IQOQI, Innsbruck
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • AMO Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

The alkaline-earth element strontium has a rich electronic structure comprising metastable states, broad and narrow linewidth transitions, and a ground state free of electronic magnetic moment. We exploit these properties to create a Bose-Einstein condensate by using laser cooling as the only cooling mechanism. Variations of our technique might in the future enable the construction of a truly continuous atom laser. Furthermore I will present the creation of quantum degenerate Rb-Sr mixtures, for which sympathetic cooling of Rb by laser cooled Sr plays a crucial role. We intend to create RbSr ground-state molecules, which are open-shell polar molecules, providing a large control parameter space for ultracold chemistry and the study of many-body physics.