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)


The project's main experimental accomplishments are described below.

Establishing the existence of ponderomotive optical lattice:

Microwave Spectroscopy

Improving the lattice's trapping efficiency:

Lattice Inversion

Investigating the angular dependence of the lattice's trapping potentials:

Measuring the lattice-induced lightshift

Understanding the photoionization process:

Where photoionization happens within the atom

Driving Rydberg-Rydberg transitions with POL modulation:

Driving Rydberg-Rydberg transitions with lattice amplitude modulation

Driving Rydberg-Rydberg transitions with higher harmonics of lattice amplitude modulation


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