Mentor: Michael Noel
A Rydberg atom has one electron in a highly-excited state. Gaining knowledge about these atoms is useful because they have exaggerated properties, which allows the observation of energy transfer and the formation of ultra-cold plasmas. The study of Rydberg atoms has applications in atomic, molecular, and optical physics as well as quantum computing. This summer I will test new systems for locking diode lasers. These lasers will be used in the study of cold Rydberg atoms.