Theory for ultracold atomic and molecular collisions and interactions is being developed and exploited to gain precise control over these interactions through tunable magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic fields for applications in quantum information, quantum simulation and atomic clocks.
The production, trapping, and manipulation of ultracold atoms and molecules are a forefront area of NIST research. This project concentrates on the theory of atomic and molecular collisions and interactions. The ability to gain precise control over these interactions through tunable magnetic, electric, or electromagnetic fields is a key to the successful applications of gases or lattices of such atoms or molecules to precision metrology, fundamental science, quantum information, quantum computation, or quantum analog simulation of complex phenomena.
The main thrusts of this research are to:
Start Date:October 19, 2010
Lead Organizational Unit:pml
Paul Julienne, NIST Staff
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Gaithersburg, MD 20899