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Ultracold molecules for quantum science and tests of fundamental physics

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  • UserMichael Tarbutt (Imperial College)
  • ClockFriday 08 December 2017, 12:00-13:00
  • HousePhysics East 217.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Giovanni Barontini.

Ultracold molecules are desirable for many applications, including tests of fundamental physics, studies of strongly-interacting many-body quantum systems, quantum simulation and information processing, and ultracold chemistry. We have recently produced ultracold molecules by direct laser cooling. We slow a beam of CaF to low velocity using frequency-chirped laser light, capture these molecules in a magneto-optical trap, and transfer them into a blue-detuned optical molasses where they cool to temperatures below the Doppler limit. We then trap the molecules magnetically and coherently control their rotational and hyperfine state. I will discuss these recent results along with our plans to study ultracold collisions, make small arrays of interacting molecules, and use ultracold molecules to measure the electron’s electric dipole moment.

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