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Highly excited, or Rydberg, atoms can be made stationary with a combination of lasers and magnetic fields, providing an ideal laboratory to study quantum dynamics. Under the right conditions, these atoms can exchange energy. Understanding the dependence of density in these exchanges could give us insight into the quantum dynamics of solid-state systems. In order to isolate the dependence on density, we must turn off our inhomogeneous magnetic field within a few milliseconds. To do so, we have built a new set of “trim coils” to create a magnetic field that will zero out the magnetic field of the earth and other stray magnetic fields.
Strickland, Briana, "Density Dependence of Energy Exchanges Between Rydberg Atoms" (2019). Physics and Astronomy Summer Fellows. 23.