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Published: 07-27-2015

Graduate student Benjamin Greer has won the 2015 R. N. Thomas Award. The $500 award comes from a fund established by Nora Thomas, the widow of JILA co-founder Dick Thomas. Greer also received a book about Thomas’ storied career in astrophysics.

Greer is a fifth-year graduate student in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences who plans to graduate in December. He works under Fellow Juri Toomre and Senior Research Associate Brad Hindman.


Published: 07-27-2015

Kevin Cox received an Outstanding Presentation Award at the July 15, 2015, NIST Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium. Cox was recognized for his presentation “17 dB of Spin Squeezing with QND Measurements.” Cox is a graduate student in the James Thompson group at JILA. He co-authored the poster with Graham Greve, Joshua Weiner, and Thompson.

The award citation read, “The Outstanding Presentation Award is a special recognition for...

Published: 07-22-2015

JILA Fellow W. Carl Lineberger has been awarded the 2015 Dudley Herschbach Prize for Experiment, which includes a Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Medal. Lineberger is E. U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The 2015 Dudley Herschbach Prize for Theory and a Dynamics of Molecular Collisions Medal were given to Millard Alexander, University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


Published: 07-20-2015

Deborah Jin has been selected as chair-elect of the American Physical Society (APS) Nominating Committee. Beginning January 1, 2016, she will serve one year as Chair Elect, a year as Chair, and a year as Past Chair of the committee. The committee is charged with preparing a slate of at least two candidates for the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, Chair Elect of the Nominating Committee, and the vacant positions of General Councilor and International Councilor for APS elections each...

Published: 07-06-2015

Margaret Murnane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College Dublin on June 26, 2015. The entire ceremony was conducted in Latin and included a lively presentation of Murnane's accomplishments in laser science. It began, "Lucida diei patefacere res omnes quae oculis videantur," or "We see and understand the world through light," the words spoken by Murnane to open her lecture at the American Physical Society in March 2015. The Trinity College presentation went on to cite her...

Published: 06-25-2015

University College Dublin conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Margaret Murnane, June 16, 2015, at a ceremony on the campus in Dublin, Ireland. This award, the highest awarded by the university, is given to remarkable individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields of endeavour. It is given on Bloomsday in honor of UCD alum James Joyce.

Published: 06-23-2015

A National Science Foundation Discovery feature highlights the work of the Ye Lab in their dramatic development of laser frequency comb applications that have, according to the article "transformed basic scientific research and led to new technologies in so many different fields--timekeeping, medical research, communications, remote sensing, astronomy, just to name a few."

Learn more about this research by reading the article, ...

Published: 06-03-2015

JILA’s Strong-Field Science Team has won a $7.5 million, five-year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award from the U. S. Department of Defense, the department announced on June 2, 2015. The award was for “Harnessing Strong-Field Mid-IR Lasers: Designer Beams of Relativistic Particles and Thz to X-Ray Light.” The University of Colorado’s experiment team includes Fellows Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn as well as Senior Research Associate Tenio Popmintchev. The theory...

Published: 04-27-2015

JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Distinguished Professor of Physics Margaret Murnane has been elected to the American Philosophical Society in Class 1: Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She received the honor in April 2015.

The American Philosophical Society was  founded in 1743 and is the first "learned" society of United States. Tom Cech is currently a member, and Kenneth Boulding and Gilbert White were formerly...

Published: 04-27-2015

W. Carl Lineberger, JILA Fellow and E. U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has won the 2015 NAS Award in Chemical Sciences. He was recognized for the development of negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy, which scientists can use to determine the electron affinity of the neutral version of an atom or molecule. Electron affinity—the change in energy that occurs when an electron is added to an atom or molecule—provides...

Published: 04-16-2015

APS Physics has produced a lovely story entitled The World's Time by Andrei Derevianko on its Forum on International Physics. The story features Judah Levine, Jun Ye and other scientists from around the world. 

Published: 04-01-2015

JILA graduate students Stephen Okoniewski (Perkins group), Jake Pettine (Nesbitt group), and Lindsay Sonderhouse (Ye group) have won coveted 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, NSF announced March 31. The five-year Graduate Research Fellowships provide three years of support, with a per-year stipend of $34,000 and cost of education allowance of $12,000. Tuition and fees are waived during the term of NSF support.

“It’s a...

Published: 03-30-2015

Ana Maria Rey has been awarded an APS Fellowship by the American Physical Society. The award cited "her pioneering research on developing fundamental understanding and control of novel quantum systems and finding applications for a wide range of scientific fields including quantum metrology and the emerging interface between Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics, condensed matter, and quantum information science." 

Rey will receive her APS Fellowship at the ...

Published: 02-27-2015

Kathleen Hoogeboom-Pot has won the Karel Urbanek Best Student Paper Award for 2015 at the SPIE conference on Metrology, Process Control, and Inspection for Microlithography. Her paper was entitled "Mechanical and thermal properties of nanomaterials at sub-50 nm dimensions characterized using coherent EUV beams." Hoogeboom-Pot received the award on February 26, 2015.

Published: 02-27-2015

JILA Fellow Margaret Murnane was one of three prominent scientists profiled in Nature's Optics: Leading lights: Shape it, squeeze it, energize it or tie it into knots. Scientists are taking light to new extremes published online in Nature ...

Published: 02-27-2015

Margaret Murnane is well known for her work in the field of laser science. Since 1999, she has been a professor at the University of Colorado and a member of the NSF-funded JILA Physics Frontier Center. Today she and her husband Henry Kapteyn are conducting pioneering research in ultrafast x-ray science. The couple also owns a small laser company. After a lecture at the National Science Foundation on ultrafast lasers and their applications for nanotechnology and materials research, Ivy Kupec...

Published: 01-22-2015

Carl Lineberger has won the 2015 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. The award was given for his "development of molecular negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy, and the fundamental insights into molecular electron affinities and intramolecular dynamics derived therefrom." Lineberger is the E. U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Fellow of JILA. The award is presented with a medal and a $15,...

Published: 11-03-2014

At the nearby University of Colorado Boulder [Ye Lab] is a clock even more precise than the [clock used for the U.S. Time standard].

At the heart of this new clock is the element strontium. Inside a small chamber, the strontium atoms are suspended in a lattice of crisscrossing laser beams. Researchers then give them a little ping, like ringing a bell. The strontium vibrates at an incredibly fast frequency. It's a natural atomic metronome...

Published: 10-14-2014

Fellow Dana Anderson has won a CO-LABS 2014 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research in Foundational Technology. Anderson’s work in the commercialization of cold-atom technology also received an Honorable Mention for the development of a strong public/private partnership.

Anderson will be recognized on November 12 when CO-LABS and the Alliance for Sustainable Energy host a night at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to honor the...

Published: 10-08-2014

Fellow Margaret Murnane has won a Moore Experimental Investigator in Quantum Materials Award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Palo Alto, CA). The award is part of the foundation’s $90 million Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative. It is designed to facilitate scientific breakthroughs by giving Murnane and other awardees the opportunity to take risks, collaborate with other scientists, and develop new experimental techniques for exploring the physics of quantum materials...

Published: 08-21-2014

Graduate student Kevin Cox, of the Thompson Lab, received an "ICAP 2014 Best Poster Presentation" award at this year's International Conference on Atomic Physics in Washington DC. His poster was entitled:  "Synchronization in Superradiant Lasers".

Published: 08-19-2014

Graduate student Adam Kaufman received one of the poster prizes awarded at this year's International Conference on Atomic Physics in Washington DC.  His poster was entitled:  "Atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel effect in tunnel-coupled optical tweezers".

Published: 07-24-2014

NRC post-doc Rob Walder has won a “Best Poster” award at the Single Molecule Approaches to Biology Gordon Research Conference in Italy for his poster entitled  “An Ultrastable Platform for Single Molecule Measurements: Sub-Nanometer Drift in 3D for Hours.” Walder works with the Perkins group.

Published: 07-09-2014

A newly released report from Thomson Reuters on "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" includes JILAns Jun Ye and Debbie Jin. The selection of scientists for the report was based on an analysis of Web of Science  and InCites citation reports for an 11-year period to identify those researchers who published the highest impact work from 2002–2012 and 2012–2013. The report concludes that these individuals are "influencing the future direction of their...

Published: 07-01-2014

Deborah Jin has won the 2014 Isaac Newton Medal, the highest accolade given by the Institute of Physics. She was cited for her experimental work in laser cooling atoms. This work has led to the practical demonstration of universal laws that underpin fundamental quantum behavior. 

"Professor Jin is an outstanding, clever, creative scientist," said Prof. Ed Hinds of the Imperial College London. "Her incredibly complex experiments have significantly advanced our understanding of the...