Atomic Physics Seminar: Daniel McCarron, University of Connecticut, “Laser-cooled molecules for quantum science and controlled organic chemistry”

Event time: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory SPL, Room 48 See map
217 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Daniel McCarron, University of Connecticut
Event description: 

Laser-cooling and trapping techniques for molecules promise access to a diverse range of ultracold species for applications such as quantum simulation and improved precision measurements. In this talk, I will present recent progress from two experiments within my group to laser-cool and trap two different species for complementary studies of molecule-molecule interactions. The first, AlCl, has an electronic structure analogous to that of alkaline earth atoms and presents a number of advantages for realizing large, dense samples of laser-cooled molecules. The second, CH, has traditionally been a challenging molecule to produce at high density but offers access to studies of simple controlled organic chemistry that may be compared to calculations by quantum chemists.
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