CsYb Project: Research

The formation and study of ultracold polar molecules leads to many fascinating areas of study, including quantum computation and the behaviour of degenerate quantum gases of molecules. This experiment aims to produce ground state CsYb molecules, using techniques such as magneto-association across Feshbach resonances and Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP).

The extra valence electron in ytterbium means that CsYb will have both electric and magnetic dipole moments in the ground state, unlike bi-alkali molecules which have just an electric dipole moment. This additional degree of freedom in experiments makes it possible to explore interesting phenomena such as spin dependent interactions in lattices.

Updated by Simon L. Cornish, May 2010