Kleinert research lab

Welcome to the electronic home of the Kleinert research lab at Willamette University. If you are interested in learning more, or if you'd like to join my research group, please send me an email or stop by my office (Collins 314) or lab (Collins 102). 





  • Ph.D., University of Rochester (2008)

  • Diplom, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany (2002)


Professional Interests:


Dr. Kleinert is interested in investigating the interactions of atoms, molecules, or solids and laser light. She uses laser light and magnetic fields to cool and trap around 10 million rubidium and calcium atoms with the goal of forming cold RbCa dimers. These molecules possess unique properties, making them an ideal quantum playground. She is also interested in creating water-repellent metal surfaces using various pulsed laser systems that can, for example, be used to separate oil from water or to enhance acceptance of medical implants, and forming nanoparticles with pulsed lasers that find applications in medicine.


Recent publications:


  • A. N. Wright*, M. Kleinert, A table-top magnetic resonant pulsing experiment to improve the efficiency of laser guide stars, in preparation for publication.

  • H. Lo, J. Kleinert, M. Kleinert, Conservation of extremal ellipticity and analytical expression for astigmatism and asymmetry in Gaussian Beam Imaging, Applied Optics 56, 2523 (2017)

  • M. Kleinert, M. E. Gold Dahl*, S. Bergeson, Measurement of the Yb I 1S0-1P1 transition frequency at 399 nm using an optical frequency comb, Physical Review A 94, 052511 (2016)

  • A. Parsagian*, M. Kleinert, Designing and building a permanent magnet Zeeman slower for calcium atoms using a 3D printer, Am. J. Phys. 83, 892 (2015). 

  • M. Bhattacharya, S. Marin*, M. Kleinert, Coherent cancellation of geometric phase for the OH molecule in external fields, PRA 89, 052503 (2014)

  • M. Kleinert, M. Bhattacharya, Chiral symmetries associated with angular momentum, Eur. J. Phys. 35, 025007 (2014) 

  • N. Cawley*, Z. Howard, M. Kleinert, M. Bhattacharya, Analytical study of level crossings in the Stark-Zeeman spectrum of ground state OH, Eur. Phys. J. D 67, 233 (2013).

  • M. Bhatthacharya, Z. Howard*, M. Kleinert, Groundstate OH molecule in combined electric and magnetic fields: Analytic solutions of the effective Hamiltonian, Phys. Rev. A 88, 012503 (2013)

  • C. Luetjen*, J. Hallsted*, M. Kleinert, Measuring the refractive index of thin transparent films using an extended cavity diode laser, Am. J. Phys. 81, 929 (2013).