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Eric Norrgard (Fed)

Dr. Norrgard is an atomic, molecular, and optical physicist. He has been at NIST since 2017. His research primarily focuses on using atoms and molecules to create advanced thermodynamic sensors, and on precision measurements which test fundamental symmetries and physical theories.

Research Projects



Grating magneto-optical traps with complicated level structures

Daniel Barker, Peter Elgee, Ananya Sitaram, Eric Norrgard, Nikolai Klimov, Gretchen K. Campbell, Stephen Eckel
We study the forces and optical pumping within grating magneto-optical traps (MOTs) operating on transitions with non-trivial level structure. In contrast to

Opportunities for Fundamental Physics Research with Radioactive Molecules

Michail Athanasakis-Kaklamanakis, Mia Au, Jochen Ballof, Robert Berger, Anastasia Borschevsky, Alexander Breier, Dmitry Budker, Luke Caldwell, Christopher Charles, Vincenzo Cirigliano, Jordy de Vries, David DeMille, Jacek Jacek Dobaczewski, Ch. E. Dullmann, Ephraim Eliav, Ephraim Eliav, Jonathan Engel, Mingyu Fan, Victor Flambaum, Alyssa Gaiser, Ronald Garcia Ruiz, Konstantin Gaul, Thomas Geisen, Alexander Gottberg, Gerald Gwinner, Reinhard Heinke, Steven Hoekstra, Jason Holt, Nicholas Hutzler, Andrew Jayich, Stephan Malbrunot-Ettenauer, Takayuki Miyagi, Iain Moore, Petr Navratil, Witold Nazarewicz, Gerda Neyens, Eric Norrgard, Nicholas Nusgart, Lukas Pasteka, Roy Ready, Moritz Pascal Reiter, Mikael Reponen, Sebastian Rothe, Marianna Safronova, Andrea Shindler, Jaideep Singh, Leonid Skripnikov, Silviu-Marian Udrescu, Shane Wilkins
Radioactive molecules hold great promise for their discovery potential in diverse fields. The extreme nuclear properties of heavy, short-lived nuclei and the

Simulations of a frequency-chirped magneto-optical trap of MgF

Kayla Rodriguez, Nickolas Pilgram, Daniel Barker, Stephen Eckel, Eric Norrgard
We simulate the capture process of MgF molecules into a frequency-chirped molecular MOT. Our calculations show that by chirping the frequency, the MOT capture

Radiative Decay Rate and Branching Fractions of MgF

Eric Norrgard, Catherine Cooksey, Stephen Eckel, Nickolas Pilgram, Kayla Rodriguez, Howard W. Yoon, Yuly Andrea Chamorro Mena, Lukáš Pašteka, Anastasia Borschevsky
Here we report measured and calculated values of radiative decay rates and vibrational branching fractions for the A$^2\Pi$ state of MgF. The decay rate

Precise Quantum Measurement of Vacuum with Cold Atoms

Daniel Barker, Bishnu Acharya, James A. Fedchak, Nikolai Klimov, Eric Norrgard, Julia Scherschligt, Eite Tiesinga, Stephen Eckel
We describe the cold-atom vacuum standards (CAVS) under development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The CAVS measures pressure in the

Patents (2018-Present)

Uniaxial Counter-Propagating Monolaser Atom Trap

NIST Inventors
Stephen Eckel , James A. Fedchak , Julia Scherschligt , Daniel Barker , Eric Norrgard and Nikolai Klimov
A uniaxial counter-propagating monolaser atom trap cools and traps atoms with a single a laser beam and includes: an atom slower that slows atoms to form slowed atoms; an optical diffractor including: a first diffraction grating that receives primary light and produces first reflected light; a
Created December 10, 2018, Updated December 8, 2022