The JILA Journal Blog

February 15, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

A new bnn article delves into the recent research done by JILA and NIST Fellows Ana Maria Rey and James Thompson and their research groups who have achieved what was once thought to be a distant dream: the creation of an ultra-cold gas of strontium atoms exhibiting superconductor-like behavior. This achievement marks the first-ever observation of the long-anticipated third superconductivity phase, setting a new precedent in the field.

 

February 13, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry


A recent article for Inside GNSS, a leading media outlet dedicated to global navigation satellite systems, spotlights a groundbreaking advancement in the realm of precision timekeeping done by JILA and NIST Fellows Jun Ye and James Thompson, who have set a new benchmark in the accuracy of optical atomic clocks, overcoming a fundamental challenge known as quantum projection noise (QPN).

February 13, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In a vibrant celebration of Women in Science Day, women of JILA's scientific community gathered in the Debbie Jin Rooms (S209) for a unique networking event designed to foster connections and celebrate the achievements of women in the field of science. The event attracted a variety of participants, ranging from first-year graduate students to 3rd-year postdocs, and offered a casual yet intimate setting for attendees to share experiences, challenges, and accomplishments.

February 01, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In the bustling realm of scientific exploration, there are individuals whose dedication allows them to stand out as a leader within their research group. Such is the case for JILA graduate student Luca Giuseppe Talamo, a researcher within JILA Fellow Cindy Regal’s group.

January 31, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

To make some of the most precise measurements in the world, JILA scientists need customized electronic components. This is where the JILA instrument shop comes in, as they design, improve, and implement these unique electronic devices throughout the institute. Meet three of the electronic staff members: Terry Brown, James Fung-A-Fat, and Ivan Ryger, and their favorite moments of working in the electronics shop

January 16, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In a recent highlight in AZO Optics, a premier online publication dedicated to the optics and photonics community, JILA's groundbreaking advancements in laser technology have been brought into the limelight. The feature, which serves as a testament to JILA's pioneering work in the field of quantum science and precision measurement, showcases the institute's continuous efforts to push the boundaries of what's possible with laser technology.

December 13, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA has been highlighted in a recent Denver Post article showcasing the importance of Colorado's TechHub distinction by President Joe Biden. 

December 04, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

A new article in CU Boulder Today highlights a recent paper published in a special issue of Optics & Photonics News called Optics in 2023 when JILA Fellows and University of Colorado Professors Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn and their groups use ultraprecise light to image nanosurfaces. 

November 27, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

Welcome to the fourth episode of the "Humans of JILA" podcast, where we delve into the captivating world of scientific illustration. Today, we're thrilled to have Steven Burrows, JILA's esteemed Director of Science Communications and a renowned Scientific Illustrator, as our special guest. With a career at JILA that spans almost a decade, Steven has been at the forefront of blending art and science, bringing complex scientific concepts to life through his illustrations. 

November 23, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In a pioneering study, researchers from JILA and the University of Colorado Boulder physics department, have made significant strides in understanding electron spin dynamics within metals. The feature article in Laser Focus World highlights their work on high-harmonic generation (HHG) light probes and their use in revealing spin dynamics within a Heusler compound.

November 15, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In an initiative to foster research and innovation, JILA's postdoctoral group recently organized a panel discussion focusing on proposal funding from national foundations. The event featured esteemed JILA Fellows and University of Colorado Boulder Physics Heather Lewandowski and Ann-Marie Madigan, who shared their insights and experiences in securing research funding. 

November 15, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA's commitment to excellence and inclusivity was recently celebrated with the presentation of the JILA JEDI (JILA Excellence in Diversity and Inclusivity) Awards.JILA Postdocs Rachael Merritt and Jake Higgins were honored for their exemplary leadership of the recently founded JILA Postdoctoral Group. Additionally, JILA graduate student Sinéad Ryan also received a JILA JEDI Award, recognizing her outstanding leadership of the 'Life after JILA' group and her pivotal role in organizing the successful Life After JILA Alumni mixer.

November 10, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

On a cold November evening at the Rayback Collective in Boulder, JILA hosted its inaugural "Life After JILA" Alumni Mixer. As hosted by the Life After JILA group within the institute, the Mixer invited alumni from the Colorado and Front Range areas to a night of networking and reconnecting. Over 40 individuals came for the event, including alumni now employed at NIST, DU, Quantinuum, Infleqtion, FormFactor, and LASP.

November 07, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA and NIST Fellow Judah Levine was recently highlighted in an article from the New York Times titled: "A Giant Leap for the Leap Second. Is Humankind Ready?" The article was published on November 3rd and discusses the standardization of timekeeping. 

November 06, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In an article titled: “NIST Experts Achieve Covid Detection Tech Breakthrough,” Mirage News
highlights the work of JILA and NIST Fellows Jun Ye and David Nesbitt, as they recently used
frequency comb technology to help detect particles of the COVID-19 virus.

November 06, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

The postdoctoral position, or “postdoc” as it is colloquially called, can span between one to three years, as a researcher focuses on their next career steps after their Ph.D. During this time, individuals develop unique research projects while considering where to transition to next. To understand this position better, the “Humans of JILA” podcast interviewed the two Co-Chairs of the JILA Postdoc Group: Rachael Merritt and Jake Higgins.

November 06, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

Every year, the JILA community celebrates the passions and interests of its individuals through the JILA-X talks, a series of three-minute talks given by ten individuals of JILA. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the talks were hosted virtually in 2021 and postponed until 2023 since then. This year, reprising this tradition, the JILA-X speakers faced a full auditorium as staff, Fellows, postdocs, and graduate students shared their interests, ranging from bat ecology to Oreo cookies to pottery making.

November 06, 2023
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In the early morning hours at JILA, before most of the laboratories are up and running, a team of custodians diligently works to ensure the building is clean and safe for use. Because each laboratory has different requirements for what can and cannot be cleaned, the challenge of tidying JILA’s many facilities is far from straightforward. However, the team of six custodians, Boua Sayavong, Nouan Saengdara, Beatriz Soto, Irma Bernard, Gabriela Soto, and Gabriela Mora, who have had years of experience dealing with JILA’s unique requirements, handle these challenges in stride.

October 19, 2023
Author: Kristin Conrad

For postdoctoral researchers looking to pursue a career in academia, understanding and writing faculty applications can be far from straightforward. To assist in this process, the JILA Postdoc Group, a group within JILA designed to support the postdoctoral community, held a “Write-in,” led by JILA’s Science Communicator Kenna Hughes-Castleberry.