UConn Physics Colloquium

From X-Ray Astronomy to Nanotechnology: The Physics and Applications of Highly Charged Ions

Dr. John Gillaspy

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Most of the known matter in the universe exists in highly ionized states that rarely occur on earth. With laboratory instruments such as the Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT), however, it is possible to create an arbitrary charge state of any ion, and confine a collection of such ions in a small electromagnetic bottle for precise study. By poking a hole in a self-filling version of such a bottle, a continuous beam of highly charged ions can be formed. This talk will survey the history, fundamental physics, and potential applications of highly charged ions, with a particular focus on the use of an EBIT to support research in the areas of x-ray astronomy and nanotechnology.

Friday, November 21, 2003
3:30 PM
Biology/Physics Building
Room BSP130

(Refreshments will be served immediately following the colloquium in the lobby outside the lecture hall)

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