Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Heather Lewandowski

Second Advisor

James Nagle

Third Advisor

Adam Norris

Abstract

A common technique for producing samples of cold molecules that can be trapped and studied is electromagnetic deceleration of a fast moving, but internally cold, supersonic beam. The quality of these samples, which are ideally as cold and dense as possible, is fundamentally limited by the quality of the beam coupled to the decelerator. This thesis outlines the design, construction, and characterization of a new pulsed valve that produces samples of molecules as short as fifty microseconds.

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