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Heather Lewandowski

My group studies collisions and reactions of simple cold molecules. Our ultimate goal is to understand the quantum mechanical processes involved in making and breaking a chemical bond. We aim to control the reacting molecules external and internal degrees of freedom in the quantum regime. To accomplish this control, we slow down a supersonically cooled molecular beam using time-varying inhomogeneous electric fields (Stark deceleration). The cold (~100 mK) molecules are then loaded into an electrostatic trap to allow for interactions to be studied for several seconds.

Research & Affiliations
Scientific Role:
  • Experimentalist
JILA Position:
  • Fellow of JILA
CU Faculty Status:
  • Active Faculty
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Faculty Profile:
303-492-1446 (office)