The JILA Journal Blog

July 11, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

The Boulder Daily Camera recently featured an article on the pioneering work of JILA and NIST Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder physics professor Jun Ye. The piece delves into Ye's development of the world's most precise and accurate clock. 

July 11, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

On July 9, JILA hosted a delightful and imaginative celebration for Sugar Cookie Day. The event, which kicked off under the iconic JILA tower, brought together the JILA community for an afternoon of creativity and sweet treats.

June 27, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

The "Humans of JILA" podcast has just launched its latest episode, highlighting the crucial yet often overlooked functions of JILA's Supply Shop. This episode takes listeners behind the scenes to understand the intricate workings of the Supply Office, which plays a pivotal role in JILA's day-to-day operations.

In this episode, you'll hear from Brian Lynch, the head of the Supply Shop, and Jennifer Erikson, JILA's Property Manager. They look inside their responsibilities, from ordering expensive laboratory equipment to ensuring accurate inventory tracking. Their insights reveal the complexity and importance of their work in maintaining the smooth operation of JILA’s research and administrative activities.

June 20, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA marked the summer solstice with a unique celebration in the X-wing basement, a space ingeniously designed to allow sunlight to illuminate its floor at midday on this special day. This architectural feature transformed the basement into a sunlit patio for a few brief minutes, allowing JILA Fellows like Eric Cornell to do a quick experiment on the architecture. 

May 30, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA Fellow and NIST physicist Adam Kaufman, alongside his dedicated team, has garnered significant attention in a Physics World article for their innovative work in the field of quantum physics. The team’s research has resulted in developing a boson sampler that utilizes atoms instead of photons, marking a significant advancement in the simulation of complex quantum states. The results of their work were recently published in Nature. 

May 22, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

Computing is key for physics research, from running simulations to calculating difficult equations. To support JILA's computing needs, the Computing Shop and its six members offer various resources, including onboarding new JILAns and updating older wifi systems. In this new "Humans of JILA" podcast episode, you'll hear from two of the Computing Shop members and discuss the rich history of computing at JILA.

May 15, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In an article published by Universe Today, JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder Astrophysical and Planetary Scientist Ann-Marie Madigan's recent research was discussed, revealing why these white dwarf stars often appear "polluted" with heavy metals, a long-standing astronomical puzzle.

April 30, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

This year's PISEC (Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community) High School Poster Symposium, hosted by JILA, contributed to bridging the gap between high school education and advanced university research. Supported by JILA's Physics Frontier Center (PFC), a center funded by the NSF, the PISEC program brought together high school students from various districts across Colorado, fostering an environment of learning and exploration within the JILA facilities.

The symposium, held annually, is a cornerstone event that allows young aspiring scientists to step into the world of professional research. Students embarked on an educational journey, beginning with engaging activities in the JILA auditorium and extensive lab tours. These experiences gave them a firsthand look at the cutting-edge research and daily operations within a leading research institution.

April 22, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

 

Introducing the next "Humans of JILA" epsiode for the highly anticipated second part of our PISEC series. PISEC (Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community) is an educational outreach and research program within JILA funded by the NSF-Center the JILA Physics Frontier Center (PFC).

Dive deeper into the world of informal physics education with returning insights from the six passionate PISEC members and volunteers you met previously. This episode also introduces two fresh voices in the field, enhancing our exploration of the vital role that physics education plays within the JILA, CU Boulder, and the broader Colorado community. Discover the impactful ways PISEC connects people to science and fosters a lasting enthusiasm for learning. Don't miss these powerful stories of dedication and discovery that highlight the transformative influence of PISEC on both learners and educators alike.

April 19, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry


JILA hosted its 8th annual Posterfest, marking a vibrant return to its traditional format after disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Held on April 18, this community event provided a platform for graduate students to showcase their research to the wider JILA community. Structured around three 30-minute presentation intervals, the event was designed to facilitate a broad range of discussions and allowed presenters and attendees to network, explore other projects, and enjoy refreshments together.

April 17, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Physics Professor Heather Lewandowski's novel research has recently been showcased in Space Daily. The article, penned by Clarence Oxford, delves into Lewandowski's innovative experiments with cold Coulomb crystals to explore the chemical dynamics of the Interstellar Medium (ISM)—a complex blend of atoms, ions, and molecules that fill the space between stars.

April 16, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

A recent article in De Standaard highlights the science of timekeeping at JILA. The article, written by Senne Starckx, was inspired by the journalist's recent visit to JILA during their time in Colorado as part of the AAAS conference. While the article is written in Dutch, it highlights the innovations in timekeeping spearheaded by JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye. 

March 28, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In its seventh episode, the "Humans of JILA" podcast highlights the Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) program.

PISEC is an educational outreach program supported by JILA's Physics Frontier Center (PFC) and the University of Colorado Boulder. Its mission revolves around connecting university volunteers with local K-12 students. Through playful and engaging inquiry-based science activities, it aims to inspire underrepresented student groups in STEM.

March 21, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

To try to demystify the transition into academia, the JILA postdoc group recently hosted a faculty negotiation panel with a distinguished lineup of speakers: JILA Fellow and NIST Physicist Adam Kaufman, JILA and NIST Fellow Konrad Lehnert, and JILA Fellow Mathias Weber. The discussion was expertly moderated by Rachael Merritt and Jake Higgins, both postdoctoral researchers themselves, who navigated through a comprehensive array of topics with the panelists.

March 13, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

While most physics researchers foresee a career in either academia or industry, a few find themselves using their research experience in a less typical fashion. One of those individuals is Aaron Leanhardt, a former JILA alumnus of JILA and NIST Fellow Eric Cornell's group, who has joined the New York Yankees' as the team's chief analyst. 

March 08, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

To celebrate International Women in Science Day 2024, JILA is honoring the work and legacy of the late Deborah Jin, a pioneer in polar molecular quantum chemistry.

Jin’s groundbreaking work significantly impacted JILA (a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado Boulder) and the wider field of physics, marking her as an inspiring figure for this year’s International Women in Science Day. 

March 05, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA proudly hosted its 2nd Annual Great Bake Off, marking another successful year of this delightful culinary competition. The event, which has quickly become a cherished tradition, showcases the exceptional baking talents within the JILA community. From cakes to cookies to breads, JILAns, including graduate students, postdocs, staff, and Fellows participated in the institute-wide event. 

March 04, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

JILA Fellow and NIST physicist Adam Kaufman was recently highlighted in a CUbit Quantum Initiative video as part of CUbit's larger NSF-funded organization Q-SEnSE (Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering). In the video, Kaufman discusses how to use optical tweezer systems, a web of laser lights, to enhance the measurements of atomic clocks. 

March 04, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In a significant development, researchers led by JILA and NIST/CU Boulder's Professor Jun Ye, alongside their peers, are harnessing the power of quantum squeezing to revolutionize our understanding of the universe. As detailed in a recent MIT Technology Review article, this innovative approach is set to enhance the detection of gravitational waves and improve the precision of atomic clocks, promising new insights into cosmic phenomena and the fundamental laws of physics.

February 29, 2024
Author: Kenna Hughes-Castleberry

In a world where the precision of timekeeping is paramount, the leap second and leap day are critical adjustments to align our clocks and calendars with the astronomical realities of Earth's orbit around the sun. JILA and NIST Fellow Judah Levine, an esteemed figure in time synchronization, recently shared his insights with both The New York Times and Denver 7 News, elucidating the complexities and significance of these temporal adjustments.