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Title: Chirped optical fields for cold atom photoassociation
Author: Homer, Alan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 0898
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2009
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Recent years have witnessed much discussion on the use of shaped light fields to generate ultracold molecules in specified quantum states by steered photoassociation of cold atomic gases. The drive towards ultracold molecules is powered by their potential for study of a range of fundamental problems including many-body quantum correlations, s-wave scattering, high precision spectroscopy for measurements of fundamental constants and quantum computing among others. It is difficult to pre-determine the shape of an optical field required to steer atoms from an initial state to a target state. The design of such light fields requires complete knowledge of the Hamiltonian of the quantum system, which even for simple systems such as those with two or three atoms is usually unknown.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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