Carol E. Tanner

Atomic Physics

B.S., University of Illinois-Urbana, 1980
M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1982
Ph.D., ibid., 1985

E-mail: ctanner (at) nd (dot) edu
Address: Nieuwland Science Hall 218
Phone: (574) 631-8369
Fax: (574) 631-5952

Research Interests

Atoms provide a unique environment for testing fundamental physical laws through high-precision measurements. The occurrence of parity non-conservation (PNC) makes it possible to study the weak-interaction in atomic systems. Professor Tanner’s work involves a variety of precision measurements in atomic cesium and other atoms that are motivated by the study of PNC, fundamental symmetries, and measurements of fundamental constants. These measurements also provide tests of atomic structure calculations in many electron systems. Stabilized diode, Ti-sapphire, and dye lasers are used for making precision measurements of transition strengths, absolute optical frequencies, and energy splittings in atomic systems. Professor Tanner also participates in multiple areas of interdisciplinary research, which include practical aspects of quantum computing, nanoparticle analysis, and detection of DNA and cancer. At Notre Dame, experiments are carried out in the Precision Laser and Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Department of Physics. Work is conducted in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, as well as faculty and colleagues at Notre Dame and other institutions.

Selected Publications

“Imperfect Detectors in Linear Optical Quantum Computers,” S. Glancy, J.M. LoSecco, H.M. DeVasconcelos, and C.E. Tanner, Phys. Rev. A 65, 062317-1 through 7, June 2002.

“Fiber-Optic Bundle Light-Collection Systems and Calculations of Collection Efficiency,” D. DiBerardino, R.J. Rafac, S. Boone, V. Gerginov, and C.E. Tanner, Opt. Com. 210 (2002) 233-243, 15 September 2002.

“The 199Hg+ Single Ion Optical Clock: Recent Progress,” U. Tanaka, S. Bize, C.E. Tanner, R.E. Drullinger, S.A. Diddams, L. Hollberg, W.M. Itano, D.J. Wineland, J.C. Bergquist, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 36 (2003) 545-551, 23 January 2003.

“Heterodyne Frequency Calibration of High Resolution Cesium Spectra Using Diode Lasers,” V. Gerginov and C.E. Tanner, Optics Communications 216 (2003) 391-399, 15 February 2003.

“Optical Frequency Standards Based on the 199Hg+ Ion,” U. Tanaka, J.C. Bergquist, S. Bize, S.A. Diddams, R.E. Drullinger, L. Hollberg, W.M. Itano, C.E. Tanner, and D.J. Wineland, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 52, No. 2, p. 245-249, April 2003.

“Testing the Stability of Fundamental Constants with the 199Hg+ Single Ion Optical Clock,” S. Bize, S.A. Diddams, U. Tanaka, C.E. Tanner, W.H. Oskay, R.E. Drullinger, T.E. Parker, T.P. Heavner, S.R. Jefferts, L. Hollberg, W.M. Itano, and J.C. Bergquist, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 150802-1 through 4, 18 April 2003.

“Fluorescence of a Highly Collimated Atomic Cesium Beam: Theory and Experiment,” V. Gerginov and C.E. Tanner, Optics Communications 222 (2003) 17-28, 6 May 2003.

“Magneto-optic Effects in Spin-injection Devices,” S.T. Ruggiero, T. Williams, C.E. Tanner, S. Potashnik, J. Moreland, and W.H. Rippard, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 4599-4601 (2003), 23 June 2003. {Also selected for inclusion in the June 30, 2003 issue of the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.}

“Observation of the Nuclear Magnetic Octupole Moment of 133Cs,” V. Gerginov, A. Derevianko, and C.E. Tanner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 072501-1 through 4, 15 August 2003.

Honors and Activities

Fellow of the American Physical Society, Kaneb Teaching Award, American Physical Society: Topical Group on Precision Measurements and Fundamental Constants, Division of Laser Science, and Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

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