Willamette University (Salem, OR), August 8 – 10, 2018
(One set-up available)
We will work with lasers, so safety goggles must be worn to protect the eyes (I will provide them to all participants). These lasers are not powerful enough to cause damage to the skin or pose a flame hazard. Participants will receive the appropriate safety training at the beginning of the immersion.
A rough estimate of the cost of the apparatus would be between $20k and $30k. This includes the vacuum chamber, pumps, lasers, and optics. The cost can be reduced by opting for home-build systems and controllers.
Host and Mentor:
I (Michaela Kleinert) received my German “Diplom” (roughly equivalent to the American Master’s) from the University of Heidelberg and the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in 2002. During my time in Heidelberg, I worked on designing, assembling, and testing a highly compact rubidium magneto-optical trap to be used in Rb Rydberg experiments. I continued my ultracold education in Nick Bigelow’s group at the University of Rochester, where I trapped rubidium, cesium, and potassium in individual traps near a reflective surface (“atom chip”) and studied their interactions. I received my PhD in AMO physics from the University of Rochester in 2008 and was hired as assistant professor of physics by Willamette University where I’ve been every since. At Willamette, I maintain two extensive research projects with all-undergraduate research assistants (I currently have 13 students in my research group). One project focuses on atom cooling and trapping of rubidium and calcium, and the other project focuses on laser ablation studies to create nanoparticles and hydrophobic surfaces.
Michaela Kleinert, Associate Professor of Physics, Willamette University, Physics Department, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 503-370-6338.