REU grant funds student research

by University Communications,

Physics professor Michaela Kleinert and senior Aran Johnson ’15 recently received a supplemental National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help support Kleinert’s quantum mechanics research.

The $5,000 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) grant supports Johnson while she assembles, tests and implements an optical dipole trap capable of confining ultracold rubidium-calcium molecules.

The research will inform future studies of quantum processing, fundamental symmetries and high-precision spectroscopy.

The REU program supports scientific research opportunities for undergraduates. Its purpose is twofold: to empower students to undertake independent but closely mentored research, and to encourage faculty members to work collaboratively with students.