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Platform for Realizing Integrated Molecule Experiments


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Sensor Science Division

RO# Location
50.68.51.C0361 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Fedchak, James A 301.975.8962


The magneto-optical trap (MOT) is the workhorse technique for atomic physics in the ultra-cold regime, serving as the starting point in applications from high-precision clocks to quantum-degenerate gases. Although it was long believed that molecules' large number of internal states precluded laser cooling techniques for molecules, it was recently shown to be possible for a class of at least 40 molecular species, using just three (or fewer) lasers. The National Institute of Stanards and Technology is establishing a new experimental program to investigate the laser cooling of molecules, with an emphasis on modularity and a push toward portability. This program, named the Platform for Realizing Integrated Molecule Experiments (PRIME) will expand the frontiers of knowledge in many areas of physics, including ultra-cold molecule-atom collisions, testing Standard Model and Beyond Standard Model physics, and developing novel sensors.  This is an opportunity to contribute to PRIME, based in NIST-Gaithersburg.

atomic physics; molecular physics; cold atoms; ultra-cold molecules; ultra-cold collisions


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$72,028.00 $3,000.00
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