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OSA Student Chapter Meeting

SPEAKER: Les Sheffield
TITLE:Pulsed rotating supersonic source for merged molecular beams
In this talk I will discuss how my research team has further developed a counter rotating nozzle (CRN) setup which acts as a novel source for a planned merged beam experiment. I will review the theory of supersonic beams in its present state and apply it to our experimental conditions. From first principles I will continue through the electronic activation of our equipment and into the explanation of our detectors and a review of current results. Each aspect will be compared with previous molecular beam experiments and areas of future improvement will be highlighted. [L. Sheffield, M. S. Hickey, V. Krasovitskiy, K. D. D. Rathnayaka, I. F. Lyuksyutov, and D. R. Herschbach, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 83, 064102 (2012)]

SPEAKER: John Mason
TITLE: All-optical switching of a microcavity repeated at terahertz rates
The speed of telecommunications and quantum computers to this point has been limited due to the slow switching speeds associated with electronic switches. Through exploitation of the electronic Kerr effect, researchers in France and Sweden have developed an optical microcavity switch that can operate 350 times faster than its electronic counterpart. We will discuss their experimental procedure and present their results and implications.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
IQSE 578, 12:30 noon
Mitchell Physics Building

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

(Pizza lunch as usual. Newcomers welcome!)

Host: Andrew Traverso