molecular ion and atom trapping group

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We are an experimental group that works with trapped molecular ions and on novel atom traps. By laser-cooling co-trapped atomic ions, we can sympathetically cool the molecular ions to milliKelvin temperatures, where velocities and environmental interactions are reduced and where novel molecular control becomes possible. Potential applications of our research range from particle physics to chemistry to astrophysics. In our atom trap research, we are exploring the use of surface plasmon fields to make arrays of neutral atom traps near a surface.

 

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