Ponderomotive Optical Lattice Trap for Rydberg Atoms

Georg Raithel lab, University of Michigan

Participating Students: Yun-Jhih Chen, Kaitlin Moore, Andira Ramos

(Illustration credit: Kelly Younge)



                                                    

In this project, we develop and study an optical lattice as a trap for Rydberg atoms.
We also employ this Rydberg-atom trap in applications, such as performing a high-precision measurement of the Rydberg constant.

What are Rydberg atoms?

Why study Rydberg atoms?

What is an optical lattice?

Why is an optical lattice trap for Rydberg atoms special?



GO BLUE!

A cloud of atoms from our magneto-optical trap distorted into the shape of a Michigan 'M'.