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Eric Abraham

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Eric Abraham

Associate Professor
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics


The goal of Eric’s research program is to investigate ultracold atoms and molecules, including Bose-Einstein condensation. Laser cooling and trapping (the subject of the 1997 Nobel Prize) uses a variety of lasers, in addition to magnetic and electric fields, to cool atoms and molecules to a range of temperatures colder than anything else in the known universe (between 10 nanoKelvin and 100 microKelvin.) At these temperatures, their wave-like nature is enhanced allowing studies of the exotic, quantum-mechanical nature of matter. Eric’s group is studying novel collisions and probing the strong interaction regime where connections between atomic gases and condensed matter systems may be found.

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