Ana Maria Rey
My 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. My group wants 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.
My research focuses on understanding many-body physics of strongly coupled
Prior to coming to JILA I worked on a variety of topics in theoretical
condensed matter and material physics, including:
* Exotic states in frustrated magnetic insulators;
* Unconventional superconductivity in strongly repulsive systems;
* Multiferroic materials;
* Kondo physics in heavy-electron systems and topological insulators.
Being at JILA (as a part of the Center for Theory of Quantum Matter) provides a
great opportunity for me to work at the interface between condensed matter and atomic
physics. Indeed, recent studies (done here at JILA) of ultracold ensembles of
alkaline earth atoms, such as strontium or ytterbium, showed that it is
possible to engineer and control such paradigmatic condensed matter systems as
the SU(N) magnets (relevant in the context of high-temperature and
heavy-fermion superconductors) or Kugel-Khomskii-type models (important for
multi-orbital perovskite materials).
I am involved in these projects trying to understand properties of the above
models and propose cold-atom experiments that can also shed light on the
physics of real correlated materials.
Dr. Robert Lewis-Swan
I obtained my BSc at the University of Queensland in 2011 and subsequently my PhD in 2015 from the same institution. My PhD research was focused on the proposal of fundamental tests of quantum mechanics in ultracold atomic gases, in particular how we can generate, characterise and exploit entanglement and non-classical correlations in these systems. My work emphasized experimentally realistic protocols and I studied these systems using a range of analytic and numerical methods, including stochastic phase-space methods.
My current research is focused on non-equilibrium quench dynamics and many-body physics in quantum spin models. In particular, I am interested in how correlations and entanglement develop in lattice models, and how novel physical phenomena can arise due to disorder and dissipation. I use advanced and emerging numerical techniques, such as discrete phase-space methods, to study these systems in experimentally realistic scenarios.
I am a condensed matter theorist, mainly focused on the characterization of universal phenomena in isolated and driven open quantum systems, and on the study of non-equilibrium quantum many-body dynamics. Instances of interest range from phase transitions assisted by noise, to ageing, pre-thermalization, and dynamical phase transitions, encompassing quantum quenches.
I am appointed research associate both at JILA and at the Center for the Theory of Quantum Matter (http://ctqm.colorado.edu)
I obtained my PhD degree at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. In 2017, after two years research at the BEC Center at the University of Trento in Italy, I joined the Rey group at JILA as a research associate. My past research has been devoted to topics of quantum physics that are conceptually novel and experimentally relevant in atomic gases and solid-state materials: synthetic gauge field and SOC, topological superfluids/superconductors, periodic driven systems, FFLO state, vector solitons, etc. At JILA, I will continue exploring exotic quantum phenomena in strongly correlated many body quantum systems.
After completing my Ph. D. at MIT, I joined Ana Maria Rey’s group in September 2014. I spent part of my Ph.D. working on developing Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods to study dipolar bosonic mixtures in optical lattices. Additionally I developed models for anomalous heating in ion traps, studied the universality of three-body bound states in a mass imbalanced systems, and used three-body bound states to engineer novel many-body Hamiltonians in optical lattices.
I am interested in using ultra-cold atoms or trapped ion systems to simulate condensed matter models and understand exotic quantum phases of matter. To this end I develop tools, such as QMC algorithms, to characterize the equilibrium behavior and non-equilibrium dynamics of the realized systems.
I graduated from Auburn University in 2013 with degrees in physics & philosophy, and subsequently started my graduate studies at CU Boulder. I joined Ana Maria Rey’s group in the fall of 2015 as an experimentalist working in the Ion Storage Group at NIST. I work on the Penning Trap quantum simulation experiment with John Bollinger (NIST). Our work is focused on engineering interactions between hundreds of ions in a 2D crystalline array to study quantum many-body dynamics and produce metrologically useful entangled states. We're also interested in exploiting this platform for sensing extremely weak electric fields and forces, such as those produced by some dark matter candidates.
I received my B.S. degree at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2013, and then I enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado Boulder. I joined Professor Rey’s theory group at the beginning of 2014. My interests include cold atom systems and the super-radiance laser. I am currently working on exploring the synchronization phenomenon with three-level atoms coupled to a large decay cavity.
I received my B.Sc. in physics at Oregon State University in 2015, spent a year in the Controlled Quantum Dynamics Group at Ulm University, and am currently a Ph.D. student in the Rey Theory Group at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
My research interests are primarily in quantum simulation, quantum computation, and quantum information theory in the context of AMO and condensed matter systems. I am particularly excited by the use of highly controllable cold atomic systems as a versatile playground for studying exotic quantum phenomena and developing novel quantum technologies. I currently study spin-orbit coupling and effective three-body physics of cold atoms in optical lattices.