The Patterson group

The Patterson group is dedicated to carefully doing things to molecules that have never been done before.  We are pursuing three cold molecule frontiers, both driven by the idea of exploiting the rich, fundamentally quantum behavior of cold molecules.

  • We are hoping to realize general single-molecule analytics for the first time, via non-destructive single molecule infrared spectroscopy.
  • 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.  Our technique can resolve the chirality and isotopomer of individual mixture components.
  • 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.
Our next generation ion trap, designed and built by Aaron

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!

September 14, 2018: We trapped our first cloud of strontium ions in our cryogenic trap! Thanks to my amazing team for all their hard work!

multiple clouds of Strontium ions (blue streaks) in our segmented cryogenic trap