Grant: $500,000 - National Science Foundation - Jun. 15, 2009
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Award Description: This award is for support of a project working to demonstrate a novel method for producing and trapping ultracold molecular ions. The impact of this method for producing ground-state, ultracold molecular ions will be profound. The availability of such samples would allow the study and possible control of chemistry in the quantum regime; understanding the formation of interstellar clouds; precision measurement of molecular transitions for test of fundamental physics; and the implementation of scalable quantum computation architecture.
Project Description: The main objective of this project is to break open a completely new field, the study of ultracold, ground-state molecular ions, by demonstrating our novel cooling technique. In addition, our project has several ancillary objectives, which will be naturally reached as the work progresses. These goals include measurements of molecular ion - neutral atom elastic and ro??vibrational quenching cross??sections, as well as observation of photo??controlled ultracold chemical reaction rates.
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Jobs Summary: N/A (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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