Shielding realized experimentally!
First experimental realization of microwave shielding, using CaF molecules in optical tweezers.
Science 373, 779 (2021)
Interactions between molecules can be controlled using microwaves.
We show how this gives access to strong resonant dipolar interactions.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 063401 (2020)
Experiments on ultracold KRb molecules quantitatively confirm our theory of collision complex lifetimes and photo-excitation rates.
Nature Physics 16, 1132 (2020)
Collisions between ultracold molecules lead to loss mediated by formation of complexes.
Our new theory quantifies the lifetime of these complexes and indicates their loss could be to due photo-excitation.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 123, 123402 (2019)
Microwaves can be used to engineer repulsive interactions between molecules that can prevent losses while maintaining large elastic cross sections, key to cooling molecules to high phase-space density.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 163401 (2018)
Assistant professor, Radboud University
Post-doctoral fellow, ITAMP, Harvard
NWO Rubicon grant and ITAMP fellowship
Post-doc, Durham University, with Jeremy Hutson
Ph.D., Radboud University, with Gerrit Groenenboom
Open source computer code is available through gitlab.
This currently contains our code for the computation of the density of states and photo-excitation rate of molecule-molecule collision complexes.
B.Sc. and M.Sc. thesis projects
Please send me a message if you are interested in opportunities for a bachelor's or master's research project in chemistry or physics.
I am looking for two Ph.D. students.
One project is on "Field Control of Molecular Collisions" in collaboration with the experimental group of prof. van de Meerakker.
The second project is on ultracold molecules.
Interested? Send me an email.
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