After doing a summer internship in our group, Moritz Koenemann has joined the RARE team for his master thesis to work on the upcoming Rydberg-chamber.
In the near future, the team will investigate in this chamber Erbium atoms in highly excited (so-called Rydberg-) states. These atoms show an extremely high sensitivity to electric fields, making it inevitable to have a precise control over them. First, Moritz will work on the simulations of the electric field plates, sitting inside the chamber. Once this task is completed, the whole chamber needs to be set up and carefully tested, before adding it to the experiment.
The open 4f-shell of the Erbium atoms will give the team access to, so-far unexplored, Rydberg-states with a high angular momentum.