Our research group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah is broadly engaged in experimental atomic and condensed-matter physics, especially including spin physics and magnetic resonance.

Our general research interests include spin-polarized alkali-metal vapors and noble gases and their many applications, many-body spin physics and chaos in condensed-phase spin systems, spins in organic semiconductor materials, and biologic magnetic resonance imaging.

  • Characterization and applications of a flow-through 129Xe polarizer
  • NMR studies of many-body spin physics of 129Xe in solid xenon and 19F in CaF2
  • NMR studies of nuclear-spin behavior in organic semiconductors (collaboration with Z.V. Vardeny)
  • Coupled spin-1/2 pairs in organic semiconductors (collaboration with C. Boehme)

Our current reseach is focused on:

  • The interatomic interactions responsible spin-exchange optical pumping (SEOP) of noble gases
  • Gas-cell design, fabrication, and construction for SEOP
  • Nuclear relaxation mechanisms in non-zero spin noble gases, intrinsic and extrinsic.