Our group is working to create molecules at the lowest possible temperatures, and to study their chemical reactions and physical interactions.  At such ultra-cold temperatures quantum mechanics describes all aspects of the molecules: their position, orientation, and internal state.  In this fascinating regime, new quantum phases emerge, beyond the usual gas, liquid, and solid phase, and even Bose-Einstein condensation.  These phases are the subject of many theoretical studies, and now await laboratory demonstration.  At ultra-cold temperatures, chemistry is also fully quantum mechanical, and unusual four-center reactions may dominate chemical dynamics.  We are embarking to map out this strange new world of ultra-cold quantum chemistry and ultra-cold molecules. The unique properties of molecules also open new research opportunities for quantum information science.

We are actively pursuing two research projects. Find out more...

Ultracold Molecular Assembler

Ultracold Chemical Reactions