Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Dan Elliot

Committee Member 1

Yong Chen

Committee Member 2

Chris Greene

Committee Member 3

Francis Robicheaux


I present spectroscopic data on ultracold lithium-rubidium molecules in a dual species magneto-optical-trap in order to find suitable intermediate states to transfer population to the rotational, vibrational and electronic ground state via a stimulated Raman process. First, I improved the accuracy of the energetic location of the ground state by two orders of magnitude using photoassociation as a spectroscopic tool to measure the energy of bound states relative to the scattering continuum. Second, we studied the d 3Π-D 1Π and A 1Σ+ -b 3Π0+ excited electronic manifolds with a combination of resonantly-enhancedmulti-photon-ionization and depletion spectroscopy finding suitable singlet-triplet mixed states to use in the Raman transfer scheme. Finally, I demonstrate robust optical phase locked loops to maintain the coherence between the two lasers required for the Raman process.