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Quantum Degeneracy and Rydberg Physics with Ultracold Sr 

With a variety of stable isotopes and narrow optical transitions, alkaline-earth metal atoms such as Sr offer a number of unique opportunities for ultracold atom research.  As a graduate student in the Killian group at Rice University, we created the first quantum degenerate gases of Sr and explored novel ways to control these atoms optically.  Our wide-ranging research spanned from optical Feschbach resonances to photoassociation of exotic ultralong-range Rydberg molecules, but always focused on leveraging the unique internal structure of Sr.  Our work laid an important foundation for creating quantum gases of Sr and coupling these atoms to Rydberg states.  With applications ranging from atomic clocks to quantum computing, the number of groups working with Sr in their experiments is growing to this day.