UConn Physics Colloquium

Ultracold Molecular Interactions

Professor Heather Lewandowski
Univ. of Colorado and
Assoc. Fellow of JILA

The techniques of laser cooling and trapping have transformed atomic physics. The ease of obtaining ultracold atomic samples with these methods has led to new experimentally realizable quantum systems, including the dilute-gas Bose-Einstein condensate and the degenerate Fermi gas. After several decades of rapid growth in the field of atom cooling and trapping, the obvious next step is to extend these studies to cold molecules. Molecules have a rich internal energy structure, creating new research opportunities in quantum chemistry, novel collision studies, and collective quantum effects. Our experiments concentrate on creating cold samples of free-radical molecules and using them to study interactions and energy transfer in a new temperature regime.

Friday, October 12, 2007
4:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P38

(We will meet for refreshments prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Science Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.)


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