We are a research group in the Department of Physics at Montana State University (MSU) in beautiful Bozeman, MT. We pursue new precision measurements and addresses fundamental physics questions using levitated optomechanics. We utilize microparticles and nanoparticles levitated in magnetic, optical, and Paul traps under vacuum to make sensitive measurements with controlled coupling to the environment. Two specific goals we are currently pursuing include fundamental tests of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity and a new approach to a precision measurement of the Newtonian gravitational constant G.
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We are looking for passionate new Ph.D. students, master students, and undergraduates to join the team (more info) !
Our latest publication in Applied Physics Letters is featured as an AIP Scilight! See Creating a microsphere 'molecule' in a magneto-gravitational trap.February 8, 2019
Brian D'Urso is giving the MSU Physics Colloquium, 'Probing Gravity with Optomechanics: A particle in a magneto-gravitational trap.'January 10, 2019
We're giving a talk at SPIE Photonics West, 'Precision optomechanics with a particle in a magneto-gravitational trap.'December 12, 2018
We set a new group record for feedback cooling, with hints of more improvements to come! Publication in New Journal of Physics.December 10, 2018
D'Urso Lab website is live!