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Seminar on
Modern Optics and Spectroscopy

David De Mille, Yale University

"Ultracold molecules:  Techniques and applications"

December 4, 2007

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Grier Room 34-401


Our group is developing several techniques for the production of ultracold (T < 1 mK) molecules, and exploring numerous possible scientific applications for these techniques.  We have demonstrated the ability to produce RbCs molecules in their absolute ground state at microKelvin temperatures, and are now investigating ultracold collisional properties of RbCs.  We have also developed a general-purpose, high-intensity source for cold (T~4K), slow molecular beams, and are developing techniques for trapping and further cooling of SrO molecules.  Possible applications ranging from precision measurements to quantum computation will be discussed.

TUESDAYS, 12:00-1:00, GRIER ROOM (34-401)
Refreshments served following the seminar

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Co-sponsored by the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory,
the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and
the School of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.