Research Associates

Dr. Thinh Bui

Phone:
303-492-4058 (office), 303-492-0667 (lab)
Location:
S124 (office), S1B40 (lab)

Dr. Luigi De Marco

Phone:
303-492-7803 (office)
Location:
A309 (office)
Short Bio:

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the ultracold molecules group jointly led by Profs. Jun Ye and Debbie Jin at JILA.  My research focuses on implementing a quantum gas microscope to study the complex quantum dynamics of ultracold dipolar KRb molecules in optical lattices.  I received my PhD from MIT in Andrei Tokmakoff's group where I developed methods in broadband nonlinear infrared spectroscopy to study the molecular dynamics of liquid water.

Dr. Shiqian Ding

Phone:
303-492-6663 (office)
Location:
X220

Dr. Ian Finneran

Phone:
303-492-6663 X220 (office), 303-492-6253 X1B10 (lab)
Location:
X220 (office), X1B10 (lab)
Short Bio:

I am a postdoctoral research associate working on the YO project in the Ye group.  We are developing a 3D magneto-optical trap for YO that will enable direct cooling to microkelvin temperatures.  I completed my PhD work in the Blake group at Caltech, working on ultrafast terahertz and microwave spectroscopy of liquids and molecular clusters.

 

Dr. Akihisa Goban

Phone:
303-492-6663
Location:
X220

Dr. Kana Iwakuni

Phone:
303-492-6999 (office)
Location:
X415 (office)

Dr. Colin Kennedy

Phone:
303-492-1638 (office)
Location:
S155

Dr. Shimon Kolkowitz

Phone:
303-492-4058 (office), 303-492-0667 (lab)
Location:
S124 (office), S1B40 (lab)
Short Bio:

I am a NIST NRC postdoc, working in the Ye group at JILA.  I am a member of the strontium clock team, working on experiments involving quantum simulation, many body physics, and spin-squeezing in an optical lattice clock.  I completed my PhD at Harvard in the group of Mikhail Lukin, working on quantum information and nanoscale sensing experiments with nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond.

 

Dr. Edward Marti

Phone:
303-492-6874 (office) or 303-492-0667 (lab)
Location:
X324 (office), S1B40 (lab)
Short Bio:

I grew up in Los Angeles and attended undergraduate and graduate school at UC Berkeley. During my PhD thesis, I constructed a machine that trapped Bose-Einstein condensates in novel geometries and precisely measured how subtle magnetic interactions could change the dynamics of these ultracold atoms. I am presently a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At JILA, I completed an evaluation of the strontium lattice clock, the world’s most accurate and stable clock. The latest generation of clocks should be accurate to the gravitational redshift of a few centimeter change in altitude on Earth. Now I am developing a new apparatus that will use the precise control of clocks to study unusual phases of interacting ultracold fermionic atoms.

Dr. Gil Porat

Phone:
303-492-6996 (office)
Location:
X409 (office)
Short Bio:

I am a postdoctoral research associate in Jun Ye's group at JILA.  I am part of the XUV comb team, working towards increasing the XUV comb's spectral reach and precision spectroscopy in the extreme ultraviolet.  I completed my PhD in Ady Arie's group at Tel Aviv University, where I mainly worked on novel schemes in nonlinear optics, most notably adiabatic nonlinear interactions.  I also spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Nirit Dudovich's Atto Science Group at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  My work there focused on observation of attosecond phenomena via time-resolved electron holography.

Dr. Stephen B. Schoun

Phone:
303-492-6996
Location:
X409 (office)

Dr. Yuval Shagam

Phone:
303-492-6996 (office)
Location:
X409 (office)
Short Bio:

I am a postdoctoral research associate, supported partially by the Rothschild fellowship.  I work on the electron EDM project with Jun Ye and Eric Cornell.  I received my PhD from the Weizmann Institue of Science in Rehovot, Israel working in the group of Ed Narevicius.  My research there focused on low temperature chemistry and physics with cold molecules using a novel merged molecular beam technique.  My studies found that the quantized internal degrees of freedom of molecules, such as rotation, drastically change reaction rates in atom-molecule scattering.

Dr. Giacomo Valtolina

Phone:
303-492-2942 (office)
Location:
S166
Short Bio:

I am a JILA postdoc in the ultracold KRb polar molecules experiment in the Ye group.  We are developing a new apparatus for enhanced control at the the single-molecule level with both electric and optical fields.  I completed my PhD at Scuola Normale Superiore - Pisa, working in Massimo Inguscio's gruop at LENS - Florence on the dynamics and transport properties of strongly interacting atomic Fermi gases.

Dr. Marissa Weichman

Phone:
303-492-6996 (office)
Location:
X409
Short Bio:

I am a NRC postdoctoral research associate working on the mid-IR frequency comb project in the Ye group.  I'm interested in cold chemistry and molecular spectroscopy.  I completed my PhD in Dan Neumark's group at UC-Berkeley, where I used high-resolution photoelectron imaging to study cold molecular and cluster anions. 

Dr. Wei Zhang

Phone:
303-492-1820
Location:
A308A
Short Bio:

I am a postdoc research associate in Prof. Ye's group, where I am working on ultrastable lasers based on crystalline materials. I received my Ph.D. from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. I did my first postdoc in SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris, France, from September 2009 to May 2012, with Dr. Giorgio Santarelli and Dr. Yann Le Coq.

 

Dr. Yan Zhou

Phone:
303-492-8515
Location:
A610