The Patterson group is fiercely excited about carefully doing things to molecules that have never been done before. Starting in fall 2017, we are pursuing two cold molecule frontiers, both driven by the idea of exploiting the rich, fundamentally quantum behavior of cold molecules.
- We leverage the ultra-specific rotational structure of cold molecules to realize a novel sensitive, high-throughput chemical analyzer that we hope will be able to unambiguously deconvolve chemical mixtures containing 1000s of compounds
- We are using the exquisite control and agility of modern microwave synthesizers and ion trapping techniques to prepare polyatomic molecules in single quantum states for the first time.
November 10, 2018: We’ve got the zig-zag pattern. Now we can start squeezing experiments.
November 5, 2018: We have imaged a trapped chain of strontium ions! We now have single-ion resolution!