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Apr
30
2021

Colloquium: Kang-Kuen Ni: Bringing together Quantum Chemistry and Physics with Ultracold Molecules

When: Friday, April 30, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Samantha Westlake   (847) 491-7650

Group: Physics and Astronomy Colloquia

Category: Academic

Description:

Abstract: Advances in quantum manipulation of molecules bring unique opportunities, including the use of molecules to search for new physics, harnessing molecular resources for quantum engineering, and exploring chemical reactions in the ultra-low temperature regime. In this talk, I will focus on the latter two topics. First, I will introduce our effort on building single ultracold molecules with full internal and motional state control in optical tweezers for future quantum simulators and computers. This work allows us to go beyond the usual paradigm of chemical reactions that proceed via stochastic encounters between reactants, to a single, controlled reaction of exactly two atoms. Second, I will summarize our work giving a detailed microscopic picture of molecules transforming from one species to another. We develop full quantum state mapping of chemical reaction product-pairs from single events, which we use to precisely benchmark statistical theory.

Seminar Speaker: Kang-Kuen Ni, Harvard University

Host: Tim Kovachy

Meeting Details:
Friday, April 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Central Time) on Zoom.

Zoom info:
Please email samantha.westlake@northwestern.edu if you would like access to the Zoom meeting link.

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