About the Cornell Group
We work in the field of experimental Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. One major effort involves leveraging the techniques of precision metrology to look for evidence of new particle physics. A second effort makes use of ultralow temperature atomic gases to explore few- and many-body quantum physics.
In this experimental collaboration with the Ye group (previously with the Jin group) we use an ultracold gas of Rb85 to create a strongly interacting Bose Einstein Condensate. Rb85 has a magnetic Feshbach resonance that can be tuned to create very strong interactions similar to that which can be found in a superfluid, such as liquid helium. We have recently equipped our new generation BEC machine with K39 in addition to Rb85, both of which will provide an ideal platform to study few- and many-body…
The purpose of this experiment is to make a precision measurement of the electic dipole moment (EDM) of the electron. Because a finite electron EDM violates time symmetry, and thus by the CPT theorem violates CP symmetry as well, a precision upper bound on an electron EDM constrains modelbuilders. In this experiment we use trapped HfF+ molecular ions and use the intermolecular electric field to greatly enhance a potential electron EDM signal.
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In the Spotlight
This year, JILA celebrates its 60th anniversary. Officially established on April 13, 1962, as a joint institution between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), JILA has become a world leader in physics research. Its rich history includes three Nobel laureates, groundbreaking work in laser development, atomic clocks, underlying dedication to precision measurement, and even competitive sports leagues. The process of creating this science goliath was not always straightforward and took the dedication and hard work of many individuals.
University of Colorado President Todd Saliman visited JILA this past week and toured the laboratories at the invitation of JILA and NIST Fellow Eric Cornell.
Saliman was impressed by the research team and Fellows and applauded their work.
“You are all working to change the world,” President Saliman said.
Most, if not all, JILA alumni have found that their time at JILA has impacted their careers. Whether through working on cutting-edge research or networking with others, most JILA alumni have left the institution with essential skills needed for their future successes. This is the case for Dr. Rabin Paudel, who was a Senior Applications Engineer at Cymer/ASML, which is a Dutch multinational company that makes photolithography equipment used by semiconductor chipmakers. Since the writing of this article, Paudel has now started a new position at Intel Corporation.
Antonio Vigil, a recently graduated JILA undergraduate has been named an "Outstanding Undergraduate" by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Vigil recently graduated summa cum laude after working for three years at JILA.