Presentation Title: Modeling Trajectories of Rydberg Atoms in an Electric Field

Section: Poster Session Group 1 #3

Location: , Great Hall

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:30am - 11:15am


Laser cooling techniques have been used for many kinds of investigations, but one of the promising areas for future research is to observe the interaction of cold highly-excited atoms with electric fields. Atoms in a highly-excited, or Rydberg, state can be tremendously sensitive probes to investigate the strength of potentials or stray fields near the surface of a material due to their high polarizability. Using cold atoms is important because they have less variance in thermal speeds according to the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. In preparation for future experimental work, I have computationally examined the paths of atoms in the presence of an external electric field. I investigated the effect of various parameters on the path of the atom, including excitation level and strength of electric field.

Type of Presentation: Individual poster

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Presenter(s): Weidner, Erik Christopher
Major(s): Physics
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Goodsell, Anne L.
Dept(s): Physics

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