Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Platform for Realizing Integrated Molecule Experiments
Physical Measurement Laboratory, Sensor Science Division
Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.
|Fedchak, James A
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
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants