I'm doing a PhD in experiments on loading ultra-cold Rb into
optical lattices. We cool 85Rb in a MOT to 20 µK.
The atoms are then loaded into a deep (up to 2 mK) optical lattice
formed by counter-propagating CO2 lasers.
I'm from Co. Clare in
Ireland. I did a BSc. in Applied Physics in the University of Limerick before
applying to work here in the group of
Prof. Charles Adams.
The research we do is in optical dipole trapping of ultra-cold atoms. We concentrate on using very
far off-resonant radiation from a CO2 laser. The advantages of this are
(currently) absolutely negligible heating due to the trap laser.
optical lattices with large lattice-site separation.