Overview

Our group investigates how to apply the tools of atomic, molecular, and optical physics to the microscopic study of quantum systems, for applications in quantum simulation, quantum information, and metrology. We are interested in fundamental questions, such as, “how does classical physics –- such as statistical mechanics --- emerge from the collective behavior of quantum mechanical systems?” We also ask applied questions, for instance, “Can we develop new tools for the manipulation of individual particles, such as complex atoms, ions or molecules, whose interactions and internal degrees of freedom establish new prospects, such as novel metrology platforms?” For these studies, we aim to marry the tools of quantum gas microscopy, optical tweezer technology, and high precision spectroscopy, in order to gain single-particle control at fundamental length scales and very small energy scales.

Research Areas

We use optical tweezer and lattice techniques to prepare tailored quantum states of alkaline-earth atoms for new directions in quantum information, quantum simulation, and metrology. So far, much o...

Alkaline-earth atoms like strontium possess ultranarrow optical transitions that form the backbone of state-of-the-art metrology with atomic clocks. This is made possible via the exceptional qualit...