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Goucher Alum Daniel Barker ('08) publishes dissertation research in Phy. Rev. A

Daniel Barker, a graduate student in experimental physics at University of Maryland College Park and a Physics major from Goucher's class of 2008 just published the results of his dissertation research in Physical Review A, the premier journal for experimental physics research.  Working will collaborators B. J. Reschovsky, N. C. Pisenti, and G. K. Campbell, Barker reports on his experiments with magneto-optical traps (also known as MOTs) where lasers and magnetic fields are used to trap molecules and then cool them down to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero.  Barker's paper on trapping atomic strontium can be accessed here.  He will finish his degree in the Spring of 2016.

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Adrien Thormann
Adrien Thormann
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