Cold Ions/Cold Neutrals

Schematic diagram of the proposed coupling of the traveling wave decelerator with the linear Paul ion trap.

The future of this experiment will couple a stark decelerator to the ion trap apparatus. The stark decelerator extends our excellent degree of control to include the neutral reactants. We will be able to tune the collision velocities between neutral and ionic reactants allowing unprecedented studies of reaction dynamics from room temperature all the way down to <10K. This project needs YOUR help! Interested students should inquire with Prof. Heather Lewandowski ( for open positions.