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Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar

Monday, April 23, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Physics Building, P121

Dr. Robert R. Jones, Department of Physics, University of Virginia

Controlled Transfer of Electronic Wavepacket Motion Between Distant Atoms

The establishment, observation, and potential control of correlated multi-electron dynamics is a complex problem of interest across disciplines with numerous applications in a variety of contexts, from femtosecond interatomic Coulomb decay and attosecond charge migration within small molecules, to energy transfer in photosynthetic systems, to quantum control of few- and many-body systems, and quantum information processing. The extreme sensitivity of Rydberg atoms to electric fields, including those produced by neighboring atoms, makes them superb candidates for studying such phenomena. In a quantum analogy to classical far-field radio transmission from a source to receiver antenna, we have transferred electronic wavepacket motion established within Rydberg atoms in a dilute nearly-frozen gas to neighboring Rydberg atoms. The transfer is enabled by electron correlations resulting from electric field-controlled, atom-atom couplings and relies on the use of both cold atom and ultrafast techniques.


Prof. C. Trallero

Physics Department (primary)

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