Submission Date


Document Type



Physics & Astronomy

Faculty Mentor

Thomas Carroll

Student Contributor

Jacob Bigelow

Second Student Contributor

Veronica Sanford


Presented during the 17th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 24, 2015 at Ursinus College.

Supported by a National Science Foundation grant (PHY-1205897).

Project Description

We conducted simulations of Rydberg atoms in a magneto-optical trap using the supercomputer available on campus and the COMET supercomputer provided by the NSF. Our research focused on the angular dependence of the long range interaction between Rydberg atoms. We simulated randomly distributed atoms alligned with a magnetic and electric field. We compared the simulated interaction rates for different electric field directions.

Open Access

Available to all.