News

December 16, 2020: Our new paper on scalable, coherent tweezer clocks is published in Nature!

In this work, we showed half-minute scale coherence in a tweezer clock of 150 atoms, demonstrated high relative stability, and established new methods for scaling ultracold arrays of neutral atoms. Congratulations to the team! See also: The Nature highlight on our work and the recent entangled optical clock paper from the Vuletić group; and, NIST highlight.

August 26, 2020: New $115 Million Quantum Systems Accelerator to Pioneer Quantum Technologies for Discovery Science
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A new national quantum research center draws on JILA Fellows' and their expertise to make the United States an international leader in quantum technology.

June 10, 2020: Our new paper on scalable tweezer clocks is posted!

In this most recent paper, we show how to scale tweezer arrays to 320 sites, while maintaining atomic coherence at the half-minute-scale. This allows us to reach excellent stability through frequency self-comparisons in the array, as well as to characterize the single-particle coherence in the array through correlation measurements. 

June 10, 2020: Will Eckner receives an NDSEG award

Congratulations Will!

April 08, 2020: JILA Fellow Adam Kaufman wins Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
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The Office of Naval Research program rewards early career scientists “who show exceptional promise for doing creative research”—and JILA's Adam Kaufman's work with optical tweezers has earned that recognition.

September 24, 2019: Our clock interrogation paper is published!
Adam Kaufman lab photo.

Our paper was published in science; you can find it here. See also the news highlight by NIST: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2019/09/jilas-novel-atomic-clock-design-offers-tweezer-control

May 17, 2019: A tweezer clock!
Ramsey Scan figure.

We've recently posted our new paper in which we benchmark the performance of optical tweezer arrays of strontium for optical atomic clocks and quantum state control! 

January 03, 2019: Our paper is published in PRX!
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Our recent manuscript — "Microscopic control and detection of ultracold strontium in optical tweezer arrays" — was published in PRX (Phys. Rev. X 8, 041054). See also the viewpoint from Antoine Browaeys (Viewpoint: Alkaline Atoms Held with Optical Tweezers) and the JILA highlight!

November 08, 2018: Our first paper is posted!
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We recently posted our first paper on arxiv! We demonstrate tweezer-trapping, single-particle imaging, light-shift free spectroscopy, and three-dimensional ground-state cooling of strontium!

February 01, 2018: Lab updates!
Kaufman lab.

In September, Aaron installed a camera to assemble a timelapse of the lab's development --- it takes a picture every 30 minutes from a corner in the ceiling. Here are some shots from that over the past 4 months, as well as some closeups of our new science system!