Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Aaron Reinhard


The Rydberg dipole blockade, or the suppression of excitation due to strong interactions, is a critical component of quantum simulation and computation using neutral atoms. However, unwanted state-mixing effects near Förster resonance cause the blockade to break down. When one tries to excite atoms to a target state, they are mixed into unwanted product states with high probability. For my honors thesis, I performed state selective field ionization spectroscopy on a shot-by-shot basis to observe this effect. We have demonstrated control of the mechanism causing this mixing via multiple experimental parameters.

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