Ultra-Cold Atomic Physics Research

Ultra-Cold Atomic Physics Research

Since 2010, Bloomsburg University has been developing a program of fundamental research in ultra-cold atomic physics.  At the heart of the program is a new UltraCold laboratory in G63 Hartline Science Center, which was assembled by a team of undergraduate students along with Professors John Huckans and Ju Xin. .  The equipment and infrastructure will be used to cool 87Rb atoms to temperatures as low as 140 microkelvin, at which the length and time scales of important quantum mechanical properties can be recorded using conventional CCD (10 mm spatial resolution) cameras and 1 ms time resolution. Initial experiments following final construction are aimed at achieving all-optical quantum degeneracy (no standard magnetic trapping/evaporative cooling) in conjunction with novel optical lattice geometries.  Following these efforts, we will explore quantum magnetism (both from practical and theoretical perspectives) as well as the interplay between applied spatial periodicity and emergent spatial periodicity, i.e. commensurate and incommensurate one-dimensional lattice constants.