Special Physics Seminar - Laser Cooling and Trapping with Optical Frequency Combs

Event Date: 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 3302

Event Contact: 


Andrew Jayich, UCLA


Laser cooling and trapping with continuous wave lasers is the key enabling technology for the field of ultracold atoms and molecules.  Despite this success, laser cooling still does not work with the majority of atoms and almost all molecules.  These species remain inaccessible in large part because of their complex internal structure and a lack practical laser sources at the necessary wavelengths. I will discuss how laser cooling and trapping can instead be preformed directly with optical frequency combs, whose unique features are well suited to expand the reach of ultracold physics to samples of these enticing atoms and molecules.