mot_logo_largeMeasuring the Density of Rb MOTmot_logo_large

        ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††by Cameron Cook

        ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† supervisors:  Brett DePaola, Larry Weaver

Kansas State University Physics Department  REU Program, sponsored by NSF

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation through grant number PHY-0851599.

Welcome to my webpage.  This page summarizes my experience doing research for the summer 2010 REU at Kansas State University in the James R. Macdonald Lab.  I work with Prof. Brett DePaola and grad students Hyounguk Jang and Bachana Lomsadze in the MOTRIMS lab. Prof. Larry Weaver is also my supervisor and a great help.

Information about the MOT lab with pictures! Some more updated pictures taken myself. 

Project GoalsTo take pictures of the Rb MOT, calibrate the camera, and use computer programs to determine the atomic density.

Research Strategy:  Become familiar with the fine and hyperfine structures of ionized rubidium, and the optics of the laser to the MOT. Become familiar with a few computer programs so that I can effectively analyze an image projection of the MOT. Then compare laser intensity to pixel intensity and determine density.

Research Progress

Final PresentationClick here to download my presentation in PowerPoint.

Poster: Click here to download my poster in PowerPoint.

About Me:  I will be a junior in the fall of 2010 at the University of Arkansas, and I am a physics major and math minor. I grew up in central Arkansas. I enjoy wallyball, fishing, rowing, and classic rock. My favorite band is Queen. In spare time around the dorms here at KSU, I learned how to play rummy and practiced my beatboxing skills.

In high school, I thought I wanted to be an engineer, but I took a couple engineering classes and decided that it was too technical. I had always been interested in mechanics, so I kind of slipped into the Physics Major a month before my university orientation. Iíve loved it since. Iím not exactly sure what Iíll do after my bachelorís degree. I may go into medical physics grad school and become a medical physicist instead of regular grad school. If I donít, I have wanted to work at NASA for years, maybe in aerospace, so cross my fingers.

Useful Links: 

Cameron COOKbook

Check out these useful sites:

American Physical Society Statements on Ethics

American Institute of Physics

My Mentors: Brett DePaola Larry Weaver