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Published: 04-15-2011

JILA Fellow Steven Cundiff  has received the Optical Society of America’s 2011 William F. Meggers Award. The award recognizes outstanding work in the study and measurement of the interactions between light and matter (spectroscopy). The award cited Cundiff’s contributions to the field of ultrafast spectroscopy of semiconductors, including multidimensional Fourier transform techniques, and to the development of femtosecond frequency comb technology.

William F. Meggers worked at...

Published: 04-08-2011

On April 7, 2011, the White House announced that President Obama intends to nominate JILA Fellow W. Carl Lineberger to the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, one of the nation's most important science policy organizations. The board sets policy for the National Science Foundation and serves as a key advisory...

Published: 03-16-2011

The Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics program at the University of Colorado, Boulder tied for first place with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of "Best Graduate Schools." Other high-ranking CU graduate schools are listed in the...

Published: 02-03-2011

Jun Ye has been selected as the 2011 Frew Fellow by the Australian Academy of Science. Ye will present the Frew Lecture at the Australasian Conference on Optics, Lasers, and Spectroscopy (ACOLS), which is incorporated in the International Electronic Conference/CLEO Pacific Rim 2011 meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia,  from August 29 to September 1, 2011. In addition to presenting the Frew lecture on a topic of his choice, Ye will visit universities and research institutions in...

Published: 12-17-2010

A nice profile of Eric Cornell appeared in the December 2010 issue of Physics World. Read it here.

Published: 12-01-2010

Thomas R. O'Brian, head of NIST's Quantum Physics and Time and Frequency Divisions, was awarded the NIST Gold Medal on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. NIST Director Patrick Gallagher presented the award to O'Brian at NIST's annual awards ceremony. O'Brian earned the Gold Medal "for leadership in developing and disseminating the nation's standard of civilian time, the world's most precise measurement of any kind."

The Gold Medal is the highest honor award conferred upon an employee of the...

Published: 10-13-2010

Cindy Regal has been awarded the University of Colorado’s (CU's) first-ever Clare Boothe Luce Professorship Award. The $645,000 award is designed to “encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in science, mathematics, and engineering.” The professorship award will fund Regal’s teaching and research for the next five years.

Regal arrived at CU in January 2010, just in time to teach the junior electronics lab and put the finishing touches on her new lab in...

Published: 10-07-2010

Jan Hall will receive one of four Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research from CO-LABS at a reception and dinner on October 25, CO-LABS announced on October 7. Hall will receive the Foundational Technology award for a lifetime of work on the nature of laser light and the development of frequency combs. Hall was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005 in recognition of this work.

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Published: 09-27-2010

The delightful and engaging second edition of Gravity’s Fatal Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe by Mitchell Begelman and Martin Rees recently appeared on bookshelves on both sides of the Atlantic.  In this popular science book, the authors systematically present a fascinating history of how astrophysicists came to understand the nature of black holes and how they are formed. They outline the interplay between theory and observation in the discovery of the...

Published: 09-17-2010

Margaret Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado.She runs a multi-disciplinary research group using coherent beams of laser and x-ray light to capture the fastest dynamics in molecules and materials at the nanoscale. Dr. Murnane is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was...

Published: 09-16-2010

Rosalba Perna has won the 2010 SIGRAV Prize from the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravitational Physics.  The prize is one of the most prestigious Italian prizes in astrophysics. It is given biannually to an Italian astrophysicist under age 40 who has distinguished herself for work related to gravity. Perna is being honored for her work on neutron stars, black holes, and gravitational lensing. She will deliver an invited plenary talk at the October SIGRAV 2010 conference,...

Published: 09-15-2010

Distinguished Professor Carl Wieman, formerly of the University of Colorado and JILA, was confirmed on September 16 by the U. S. Senate as associate director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Wieman "is expected to spearhead the administration's push to improve science education, drawing upon his pioneering work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to strengthen the undergraduate training of science and math teachers," according to the American...

Published: 07-15-2010

Kang Kuen Ni won this year's DAMOP Thesis Prize from the American Physical Society. Ni was cited for the first experimental realization of an ultracold, near quantum degenerate gas of polar molecules. This work opens new research directions in ultralow-energy chemical reactions, quantum-phase transitiions, and quantum information science.

Published: 06-15-2010

Stefan Mathias, a research associate in the Kapteyn/Murnane Group, has been awarded a prestigeous Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowships are awarded to researchersunder age 35 as part of the Marie Curie Actions program of the European Commission. The fellowships are designed to enhance and develop human resources in the European Research Area.

Published: 05-03-2010

Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane won the R. W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America.  The prize is given for an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement, or invention in the field of optics. Kapteyn and Murnane were recognized for their advances in the science and technology of high harmonics generation, with particular relevance to subfemtosecond pulse generation and attosecond-scale physics.

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Published: 04-13-2010

Juri Toomre, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences, has won the 2010 Hazel Barnes prize. The prize is the largest and most prestigious single faculty award funded by the University of Colorado at Boulder. It was established in honor of Philosophy Professor Emirta Hazel Barnes to recognize "the enriching interrelationship between teaching and research." Toomre received an engraved university medal and a $20,000 cash award at the May 7, 2010, spring commencement.

The prize...

Published: 04-02-2010

Art Phelps won first prize, along with Z Lj Petrovic, for the most highly cited paper in the past 10 years from the journal Plasma Sources Science and Technology.  Their paper was titled "Cold-cathode discharges and breakdown in argon: surface and gas phase production of secondary electrons." The aim of the award was to recognize papers that have made a significant, long-term contribution to the journal and to the plasma physics community as a whole. In honor of the award, IOP...

Published: 03-22-2010

Carl Wieman has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A Nobel Laureate, Wieman currently divides his time between CU and the University of British Columbia. At both institutions, he serves as the director of a collaborative science education initiative to improve undergraduate science education and as a professor of physics. From 1984 through 2006, he was a Distinguished...

Published: 01-13-2010

Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane won the 2010 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science for their pioneering work in the area of the ultrafast laser science,including development of ultrafast optical and coherent soft x-ray sources. The prize consists of $10,000, plus an allowance for travel to the meeting at which the prize is awarded. Kapteyn and Murnane also received  a certificate citing their contributions to basic research that uses lasers to...

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