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Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
Gant West Building, GW121

Ben Augenbraun, Harvard University

Laser-cooled polyatomic molecules for improved precision measurements

Ultracold molecules are a promising platform for applications in myriad fields, ranging from quantum simulation and chemistry to precision tests of fundamental physics. Recent work on the direct laser cooling of molecules has brought a number of diatomic molecules to the ultracold regime. These molecules are representative of a large, diverse class of molecules amenable to laser cooling. In this talk, we will focus on how polyatomic molecules (with three or more atoms) offer qualitatively new and powerful features, and the interesting physics of laser cooling polyatomic molecules will be described. We will discuss experimental work in the Doyle group on laser cooling CaF and SrOH molecules, and introduce a new experiment aimed at laser cooling of polyatomic molecules with high sensitivity to Beyond-the-Standard-Model physics, including YbOH and YbOCH3.

Contact:

Prof. D. McCaron

Physics Department (primary)

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