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Laser Cooling and Nonlinear Optics


US Air Force Academy, Laser and Optics Research Center

RO# Location
13.04.02.B0212 US Air Force Academy, CO 808406200


Name E-mail Phone
Knize, Randall J. 719.333.4165


We conduct research on laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms, and on the development and application of nonlinear optical materials. Laser cooling is used to produce cold atoms, which can be confined in a far off resonance optical trap. Current research focuses on producing and trapping cold molecules for frequency standards, and on achieving long atomic coherence times for measurement of small physical phenomena (e.g., an atomic electric dipole moment). We are also examining nonlinear optics of these cold trapped atoms, optical nonlinearities of doped polymers and ion implanted silica, and the use of holography for correction of optical elements.


Laser cooling; Nonlinear optics; Holography;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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