We currently occupy four labs on the second floor of Building 13.

  • Siberia
    BEC of atomic hydrogen was first studied in this lab using an Oxford 2000 Dilution Refrigerator to obtain the low temperatures needed for magnetic trapping.  Temperatures as low as 30ľK were obtained in this apparatus by using evaporative cooling techniques. Although this apparatus has been the workhorse for all of the MIT ultra-cold hydrogen trapping experiments, we are in the process of transitioning to a newer apparatus that will use buffer gas loading techniques for creating and trapping samples of ultra-cold hydrogen atoms.
  •  Alaska
    This is where Spin-Polarized Hydrogen was first studied -- experiments to study the heat transport in Spin-Polarized gas were carried out here.  This lab is currently the center of our experimental efforts.  It contains the new buffer-gas loading apparatus that will be used to perform our next generation experiments.
  • Zanzibar
    Unlike our other labs, this lab is not named after a cold location; it was an executive decision over a lunch out in Killian Court where we realized that a new optics lab could be named after a warm and sunny location. Zanzibar currently houses a UV laser system which we are designing to achieve an order of magnitude improvement in stability over our current UV system. It is also the home of our new frequency comb. It is currently a testing ground for the sundry diode lasers that will be required in the high precision spectroscopy experiments.
  • Lab Optique
    This lab houses a large optical table containing our current ultrastable UV laser system. A Coherent 699 ring dye laser is doubled to produce 20mW of 243nm light with a 3kHz linewidth. View the optics table w/laser.

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