Building laser optical systems for atomic spectroscopy

Prof. Dan Stamper-Kurn
Laser light can be used to extract kinetic energy from neutral atoms in a vapor, and thereby to cool them down to temperatures in the micro-Kelvin range and below.  At such low temperature, the quantum nature of atomic motion becomes evident, and can then be manipulated in a coherent manner again using laser light.  Thus, sophisticated laser systems are essential to the study of ultracold quantum matter.  In this project, students will work on one of several experimental setups and help develop laser systems for quantum manipulation of potassium, titanium, and rubidium atoms.  By the end of the project, the student will have completed a laser optical system, integrated it into the larger experimental setup, and overseen its use in experiments.  They will also learn about experimental methods and research in quantum science and technology.