Overview

Our group investigates how to apply the tools of atomic, molecular, and optical physics to the microscopic study of quantum systems. 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 ions or molecules, whose interactions and internal degrees of freedom establish new prospects?” 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

Here we will use optical tweezer and lattice techniques to prepare tailored quantum states of neutral alkaline earth atoms. Specific directions include the exploration of new laser-cooling techniqu...

Trapped ions are a powerful platform for quantum information processing and simulation with cold atoms. Commonly, such experiments employ time-varying electric fields to trap the ions, whose strong...