Precision Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Control of Ultracold Molecular Ion Reactions

Project: Research project

Project Details


Statement of work. Northwestern University.
Period 1 (3 months)
• Build MOTION trap apparatus for cold reactions
Period 2 (12 months)
• Turn on MOTION trap
• Set up new femtosecond laser and pulse-shaping for rotational cooling
• Begin observations of ultracold ion-neutral reactions with state-controlled AlH+
Period 3 (12 months)
• Quantify ultracold ion-neutral reactions with state-controlled AlH+
• Begin studies of rotational resonances in Rb / AlH+ reactions
• Begin work with state-controlled SiO+
Period 4 (9 months)
• Complete study of rotational resonances with both molecular ion species
• Begin study of ultracold steric chemistry of SiO+ and AlH+
• Develop ability to load new species identified by Heaven group for rotational cooling
Option years
Period 5 (3 months)
• Continue ultracold steric chemistry studies with both species
• Rotational optical cooling new diagonal species identified by the Heaven group
Period 6 (12 months)
• Ultracold chemistry and rotational resonance studies of new species
• State-to-state ultracold chemistry exploiting hyperfine and/or steric control
Period 7 (9 months)
• Ultracold steric chemistry studies of new species
• Continue studies of state-to-state ultracold chemical reactions
Effective start/end date7/15/147/14/20


  • University of California at Los Angeles (1000 G SA978//W911NF-14-1-0378)
  • Army Research Office (1000 G SA978//W911NF-14-1-0378)


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