Prof. Marina Radulaski's R-Lab Cools Kemper Close to the Absolute Zero

The new optical cryostat Montana Instruments xp100 achieved temperature of 1.625 K
The new optical cryostat Montana Instruments xp100 achieved temperature of 1.625 K

There is some exciting new hardware in one of the ECE labs. This week, Professor Marina Radulaski’s research group, R-Lab, received a state-of-the-art optical cryostat by Montana Instruments. The tool uses a closed-cycle helium process to cool samples in its cryogenic chamber to temperatures suitable for explorations of quantum information phenomena. The cryo-chamber can be accessed by lasers through several windows for optical experiments. Earlier this week, the R-Lab created the coldest point in Kemper Hall of 1.625 Kelvin using the new hardware! Prof. Radulaski and her students plan to explore quantum behavior of semiconductor defects called color centers for applications related to quantum computing and quantum communication. Click here to watch a fun video of the install process.

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