Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Jose P. D'Incao

Second Advisor

John P. Cumalat

Third Advisor

Markus J. Pflaum

Fourth Advisor

Andreas Becker

Abstract

This work presents a computational comparison of two magnetic field manipulation schemes for creating heteronuclear 87Rb41K Feshbach molecules. We focus on analysis of the parameters relevant to the NASA Cold Atom Laboratory experiments performing atom interferometry, which will require maximizing production of molecules at low densities, and extremely low temperatures (<1 nK). It is found that a scheme involving a magnetic field quench potentially offers substantial benefits over a direct linear magnetic field sweep across a Feshbach resonance.

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