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?


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