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About the Rey Theory Group

Our research interests are in the scientific interface between atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics and quantum information science. Specifically, on ways of developing new techniques for controlling quantum systems and then using them in various applications ranging from quantum simulations/information to time and frequency standards. We want to engineer fully controllable quantum systems capable to mimic desired real materials as well as to develop advanced and novel measurement techniques capable of probing atomic quantum systems at the fundamental level.

Recent News

Ana Maria Rey has been named the winner of the 2017 Alexander Cruickshank Award in Atomic Physics. The award recognizes international leadership and impact in the organization’s main areas of biological, chemical, and physical sciences. It was presented to Rey by the Gordon Research Conferences. Past winners in the physics category have included Nobel Laureates Eric Cornell of JILA and Dave Wineland of NIST Boulder. Other past winners with ties to JILA include Immanuel Block (Ludwig-Maximilians University and Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics), Mikhail Lukin (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Harvard University), and 1997 Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (University of...
Ana Maria Rey has been awarded an APS Fellowship by the American Physical Society. The award cited "her pioneering research on developing fundamental understanding and control of novel quantum systems and finding applications for a wide range of scientific fields including quantum metrology and the emerging interface between Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics, condensed matter, and quantum information science."  Rey will receive her APS Fellowship at the 46th Annual Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, held June 8–12, 2015.  
President Barack Obama has named Ana Maria Rey as one of 102 recipients of the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Rey will receive her award at a Washington, DC ceremony in 2014. "The impressive achievements of these early-stage scientists and engineers are promising indicators of even greater successes ahead," said President Obama. "We are grateful for their commitment to generating the scientific and technical advancements that will ensure America's global leadership for many years to come."...
Theorist Ana Maria Rey has received a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, or “Genius Grant.” She is the third JILA Fellow to win a genius grant, joining Deborah Jin (2003) and Margaret Murnane (2000). The MacArthur Fellowship includes a $625,000 unrestricted grant. Rey was cited for being an “atomic Physicist advancing our ability to simulate, manipulate, and control novel states of matter through fundamental conceptual research on ultra-cold atoms.” Rey works across the disciplines of atomic, molecule, optical, and condensed-matter physics. Her aim is to use mathematical models to describe the complex behavior of nature. Her research on ultracold optical-lattice systems is contributing to...
Ana Maria Rey of JILA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has won the 2014 Maria Goeppert Mayer Award of the American Physical Society. Rey is one of the world’s top young theoretical physicists. Her specialty is atomic, molecular, and optical physics, an area in which she has shown a remarkable talent for suggesting practical applications of her theory to key experiments. Her hallmark collaborations at JILA and NIST include the fields of ultracold molecules, neutral-atom optical lattice atomic clocks, and quantum simulations. In addition to groundbreaking work at NIST and JILA, Rey collaborates with leading scientists around the world.Rey is a JILA Fellow, an...