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Research

The links at the right will bring you to information about the various projects in our lab. Each page has a brief description of the physics, perhaps some of the latest news for current topics, and the names of the people involved.

Research Highlight

Studies on the excitation and interaction with background radiation of helium Rydberg atoms has progressed, as summarized in the recent thesis work by Xiaoxu Lu. Blackbody radiation induced ionization of Rydberg atoms has been demonstrated to be an important effect and also a useful tool. Physical separation of the Rydberg helium beam and the metastable ground state helium beam is achieved by the use of the bichromatic force and yields a precise measurement of the STIRAP efficiency of producing Rydberg atoms. The process of spontaneous decay and ionization of Rydberg atoms can also be accurately monitored.

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