Our lab studies elastic and inelastic collisions between atoms and molecules in the cold temperature regime to understand how the collision energy and quantum states impact the interactions.
We are in the process of combining apparatuses to study cold ion-neutral reactions.
Reactions of cold ions with warm neutrals
Measuring the vibrational spectra of cold, isolated molecules using a mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectroscopy setup
Generation of cold, isolated molecules using a Cryogenic Buffer-Gas Beam (CBGB)
The traveling wave decelerator utilizes ring electrodes charged to voltages that vary sinusoidially both in space and time.
Pulsed deceleration utilizes pairs of oppositely charged rods to create the longitudinal potential hill for cold polar molecules to climb.
Our Advanced Lab course (PHYS 4430) includes a variety of guided modern physics labs, including a magneto-optic trap for atoms, a muon lifetime experiment, various optics labs, and others. Additionally, the course includes a five-week student designed project. The course learning goals were developed through a faculty consensus process. The original detailed goals, as defined in 2011, can be found below under "Related Files."