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Springer Theses

High Precision Optical Spectroscopy and Quantum State Selected Photodissociation of Ultracold 88Sr2 Molecules in an Optical Lattice

Authors: McDonald, Michael Patrick

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  • Nominated as an outstanding Ph.D. thesis by Columbia University
  • Presents insights into the development of molecular optical measurements of unprecedented precision
  • Offers a solution to the long-standing experimental problem of viable thermometry near absolute zero temperatures
  • Brings together the fields of optical atomic clocks and ultracold molecular science
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This thesis unites the fields of optical atomic clocks and ultracold molecular science, laying the foundation for optical molecular measurements of unprecedented precision. Building upon optical manipulation techniques developed by the atomic clock community, this work delves into attaining surgical control of molecular quantum states. The thesis develops two experimental observables that one can measure with optical-lattice-trapped ultracold molecules: extremely narrow optical spectra, and angular distributions of photofragments that are ejected when the diatomic molecules are dissociated by laser light pulses. The former allows molecular spectroscopy approaching the level of atomic clocks, leading into molecular metrology and tests of fundamental physics. The latter opens the field of ultracold chemistry through observation of quantum effects such as matter-wave interference of photofragments and tunneling through reaction barriers. The thesis also describes a discovery of a new method of thermometry that can be used near absolute zero temperatures for particles lacking cycling transitions, solving a long-standing experimental problem in atomic and molecular physics.

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Dr. Mickey McDonald received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2016, and is now at the University of Chicago.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
High Precision Optical Spectroscopy and Quantum State Selected Photodissociation of Ultracold 88Sr2 Molecules in an Optical Lattice
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68735-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68735-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68734-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88648-0
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 183
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 57 illustrations in colour
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