molecular ion and atom trapping group
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.
- Feb 2016: Manuscript on Ion chain thermometry published in EJMS
- Jan 2016: Manuscript on Ablation-source nozzle design published in J. Phys. B
- Dec 2015: Mark Kokish receives the Chemistry Department Joseph Lambert award for junior graduate research
- Aug 2015: Matt Dietrich takes a tenure-track job as an Assistant Physicist at Argonne National Lab
- Apr 2015: Manuscript on Doppler amplification of trapped 3-level ions published in New J. Phys.
- Sep 2014: Manuscript on broadband rotational cooling published in Nat. Commun.
- Sep 2014: Manuscript on our high-density pulsed precursor beam published in Rev. Sci. Instrum.
- May 2014: Manuscript on two-photon rotational readout of AlH+ published in J. Mol. Spectrosc.
- May 2014: Xiaowen Chen awarded a Krieghbaum award
- Apr 2014: Mark Kokish receives an NSF graduate research fellowship