What Do We Do?

We leverage the laws of quantum mechanics to control molecules using cryogenics and lasers.

Why Is This Important?

To advance understanding of complex quantum systems and ultracold chemistry.

Welcome to the McCarron Group at the University of Connecticut.

Our group’s research focuses on experimental studies in quantum science and atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. The emphasis is on methods to directly produce and probe molecules at ultracold temperatures (< 0.001 K) using cryogenics and laser-cooling and trapping techniques. These low temperatures enable exquisite control and expose the quantum nature of molecular interactions to careful study.

This research  develops new techniques applicable to molecular species with favorable properties to advance our understanding of strongly interacting quantum systems and ultracold organic chemistry. Our work will help to establish ultracold molecules as an improved resource for quantum science, precision measurements and new emerging quantum technologies.


Learn about our research activities applying laser cooling and trapping techniques to molecules.


Details about the academic courses recently taught and under development by our group members.


Information about the outreach efforts that integrate our research group into the local community.

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 February 2021

  Phase 2 of our homebuilt UV laser system is nearing completion. We currently produce up to 1.8 W of laser light at 261 nm from our second bowtie cavity. This is a serious amount of continuous UV power! 

Our focus on this experiment will soon shift to use this light to detect cold AlCl molecules from our cryogenic source.


December 2020

We've recently started to produce our first ultraviolet laser light at 261 nm. We currently make ~50 µW of UV light using 1.5 W of green through a single-pass of our nonlinear crystal. There's still lots to optimize but this is a great first step!

In the near future we will close and stabilize the length of our bowtie cavity. This will realize significantly higher green light intensities and enable more efficient frequency-doubling.