Welcome to the Raithel Lab
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About Us

Our group utilizes laser-cooling and -trapping of neutral atoms, pictured, to push the boundaries of quantum control.

Using these tools, we are investigating topics in precision measurement, quantum information, ultracold plasmas, and strong magnetic field physics. Click below to read more.
Contact Information
Professor Georg Raithel, Principal Investigator
Lab I (Main Lab) Randall SB149 734-763-2544
Lab II (Atom Laser/BEC2) Randall SB283 734-615-5191
Lab III (High-B) Randall SB271 734-615-5191
Lab IV (Bio-Lattice) Randall SB290
Student office Randall 4218 734-647-9030

Bose-Einstein Condensation (David Anderson, Stephanie Miller)
A BEC consists of many atoms in the same quantum state. BECs are of interest because they are large objects that behave quantum mechanically. We intend to explore interactions between BECs and ions.
Ponderomotive Optical Lattice Trap (Kaitlin Moore, Yun-Jhih Chen, Andira Ramos)
We use the ponderomotive force to trap and study Rydberg atoms in optical lattices.
A superconducting Ioffe magnet has been developed to confine cold atoms at ~3 Tesla, and is coupled to a Penning trap for plasmas.  Exotic Rydberg atoms, strongly magnetized cold plasmas, and potentially strongly coupled two-component plasmas are targeted in this system.
Continuous-wave Atom Laser (Mallory Traxler)
By mapping the evaporative cooling necessary to achieve BEC into space rather than time (as is conventionally done), it will be possible to realize a truly continuous BEC.  By adding a the correct output coupler this system will provide CW matter waves. 
Ion-imaging Tip (Andrew Schwarzkopf, Nithiwadee Thaicharoen)
We hope to probe the physical distributions of Rydberg atom systems and plasmas. 

This work is performed in Randall Laboratory at the University of Michigan as part of the physics department. It is currently supported by the following funding agencies:

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