The HQOC is currently accepting applications from undergraduates for salary support for research during the academic year (only). Research in the field of quantum optics, broadly defined, is supported. In addition, applications for funding to attend scientific conferences in the area of quantum optics, broadly defined, are also being accepted. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please contact David Morin at morin@physics.harvard.edu. There are limited funds available. Send your application, typically a one page description of the proposed work and a one page letter of support from your faculty collaborator, directly to David Morin.

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kenneth_wang

Kenneth Wang

Undergraduate Researcher

Kenneth is developing an optical interferometer to directly measure the position of the gratings in our Moire deflectometer. The interferometer will allow us to adjust the finely structured mechanical gratings, which need to be aligned and stable on the micron scale, and allow us to account for backlash and other imperfections in our in-vacuum motion control stages...

Kenneth is developing an optical interferometer to directly measure the position of the gratings in our Moire deflectometer. The interferometer will allow us to adjust the finely structured mechanical gratings, which need to be aligned and stable on the micron scale, and allow us to account for backlash and other imperfections in our in-vacuum motion control stages. When complete, the deflectometer will allow us to realize a diverse set of state-selected molecular beams, including chirally pure beams produced from racemic samples.

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christian_hallas2017

Christian Hallas

Christian is developing and characterizing verifiable, phase controlled electrode configurations for microwave spectroscopy. In particular, extending three wave mixing to provide reliable absolute configuration assignments requires knowledge of the absolute phase of the applied fields. Christian is demonstrating a novel configuration, based on rotatable laser-cut linear polarizers, that will allow us to minimize and quantify errors in our detected and applied fields...

Christian is developing and characterizing verifiable, phase controlled electrode configurations for microwave spectroscopy. In particular, extending three wave mixing to provide reliable absolute configuration assignments requires knowledge of the absolute phase of the applied fields. Christian is demonstrating a novel configuration, based on rotatable laser-cut linear polarizers, that will allow us to minimize and quantify errors in our detected and applied fields. He is also working to develop novel forms of microwave spectroscopy that are expected to achieve higher signal to noise ratios than existing geometries.

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jeffery_yan2017

Jeffery Yan

Undergraduate

Jeffrey is working on source development for our slow beam of larger molecules. The ultimate goal of this experiment is to decelerate and trap samples of larger organic molecules, such as benzonitrile. This would allow for full quantum control of such molecules in the full quantum regime...

Jeffrey is working on source development for our slow beam of larger molecules. The ultimate goal of this experiment is to decelerate and trap samples of larger organic molecules, such as benzonitrile. This would allow for full quantum control of such molecules in the full quantum regime. Specifically, Jeffrey is working to adapt our source from it’s current “continuous” mode to a mode where is can be turned on and off on the few-millisecond timescale, using computer control of fast solenoid valves. This will radically improve the vacuum achievable in our trapping region, and perhaps allow for higher instantaneous flux and lower beam temperatures.

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