Steven Hoekstra


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I am an experimental physicist specialised in the development and application of precision measurement techniques to explore the limits of particle physics. In my group we perform experiments with small quantum systems (atoms, ions, molecules) and nanoparticles. The main tools we use to study these particles are lasers, and external electric and magnetic fields. The experiments we do are typically in a very well controlled environment, shielded from all unwanted background. By doing this, the subtle effects of quantum physics become visible, and we can use these atoms, ions, molecules and nanoparticles for a range of exciting experiments. 

Projects


NL-eEDM


Our research program to measure the electron's electric dipole moment using a cold, slow and intense beam of BaF molecules


Levitated nanospheres


We optically levitate and cool nanospheres, to explore their use as sensitive sensors.

Publications


A supersonic laser ablation beam source with narrow velocity spreads


P. Aggarwal, H. L. Bethlem, A. Boeschoten, A. Borschevsky, K. Esajas, Y. Hao, S. Hoekstra, K. Jungmann, V. R. Marshall, T. B. Meijknecht, M. C. Mooij, R. G. E. Timmermans, A. Touwen, W. Ubachs, L. Willmann, Y. Yin, A. Zapara


Review of Scientific Instruments, 2021, p. 033202


Deceleration and Trapping of SrF Molecules


P. Aggarwal, Y. Yin, K. Esajas, H. L. Bethlem, A. Boeschoten, A. Borschevsky, S. Hoekstra, K. Jungmann, V. R. Marshall, T. B. Meijknecht, M. C. Mooij, R. G. E. Timmermans, A. Touwen, W. Ubachs, L. Willmann


Physical Review Letters, 2021, p. 173201


Systematic study and uncertainty evaluation of P, T-odd molecular enhancement factors in BaF


Pi A B Haase, Diewertje J Doeglas, Alexander Boeschoten, Ephraim Eliav, Miroslav Iliaš, Parul Aggarwal, H L Bethlem, Anastasia Borschevsky, Kevin Esajas, Yongliang Hao, Steven Hoekstra, Virginia R Marshall, Thomas B Meijknecht, Maarten C Mooij, Kees Steinebach, Rob G E Timmermans, Anno P Touwen, Wim Ubachs, Lorenz Willmann, Yanning Yin, (NL-eEDM Collaboration)


The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2021, p. 034309


Mesoscopic interference for metric and curvature & gravitational wave detection


Ryan James Marshman, Anupam Mazumdar, Gavin Morley, Peter F Barker, Steven Hoekstra, Sougato Bose


New Journal of Physics, vol. 22(8), 2020 May 23


Lifetime measurements of the A 2Π1/2 and A 2Π3/2 states in BaF


P Aggarwal, V R Marshall, H L Bethlem, A Boeschoten, A Borschevsky, M Denis, K Esajas, Y Hao, S Hoekstra, K Jungmann, T B Meijknecht, M C Mooij, R G E Timmermans, A Touwen, W Ubachs, S M Vermeulen, L Willmann, Y Yin, A Zapara, NL-eEDM Collaboration


Physical Review A, 2019, p. 052503


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Courses


Electricity and Magnetism


1st year physics, applied physics and astronomy


~240 students


Waves and Optics


2nd year physics, applied physics and astronomy


~190 students


From small to large to life


~25 students, twice a year.

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Media


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