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Quantum Control and Manipulation of Trapped Ions: From Atomic to Complex Molecular Species

Date:  MONDAY,  February 19, 2018

Speaker:  Michael Drewsen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Denmark

Location:  PACIFIC Hall 123


In the recent past, the ability to control and manipulate trapped ions at the quantum level have gone through an amazing evolution. Based on laser cooling of trapped atomic ions, investigations of a wide range of fundamental quantum physics phenomena have been made possible, and today, laser-cooled and trapped ions constitute one of the most successful platforms for the quantum technology as well as optical atomic clock developments. The importance of these achievements is probably best exemplified by the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2012 to Prof. David Wineland, University of Oregon. Recently, the methods used to control and manipulate atomic ions has furthermore attracted attention from researchers interested in cold molecular science due to the potential of investigating the structure and internal dynamics of molecules at an unprecedented level of accuracy, as well as the prospects of studying Chemistry in unexplored cold and ultracold regimes. This field of research is still in its infancy, but holds great promises for the future.

In the talk, I will discuss some of my research group’s contributions to both quantum physics and chemistry based on cold and trapped ions.

Host:  Mike Raymer

Catered Reception: 3:40pm-3:55pm, Willamette Hall, Paul Olum Atrium

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