We are a new group which is in the process of building a modern spectrometer from the ground up. This instrument will use low frequency light in the microwave region (6-18 GHz) to excite transitions in molecules between the quantized energy levels that come from the rotational kinetic energy. Rotational Spectroscopy uses the sensitive relationship between a molecule’s structure and its rotational frequencies to experimentally determine bond-angles and bond-lengths for a particular molecule or a weakly bound complex.
If you choose to join our research adventures, you will be involved in one or more of the following:
- Building a vacuum chamber which will be the medium in which the molecules will interact with the radiofrequency light.
- Working with state-of-the-art microwave electronics, which are the same type of electronics used in the telecommunications industry. These will be our “fancy legos” that we will use to generate and detect the microwave radiation.
- Designing the source to introduce the molecules into the vacuum chamber. This will be a pulse valve source that will cool the molecules within a few degrees of absolute zero (Trot = 1-2 K).
Essay Prompt (~one paragraph): What interests you about this research?
You will be applying tools that grew out of other fields to solve current chemistry problems, working at the intersection between physics, chemistry, and engineering. Thus, you will participate in a multidisciplinary research team, which resembles the kind of environment you will encounter in the future.
We are looking for curious students that want to learn more about: vacuum systems, microwave electronics, molecular spectroscopy, and molecular interactions.