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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...

Published: 06-24-2014

Two JILA graduate students and one undergraduate student were recognized with awards for their posters and presentations at the recent Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium, held at NIST Boulder (325 Broadway) on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The Outstanding Presentation Award is a special recognition for selected poster presenters at the Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium. This recognition was selected by senior scientists who circulated through the poster...

Published: 06-17-2014

Thomas Perkins received the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Award at a Washington, D. C., ceremony on June 9. The award was one of 12 given this year to honor outstanding Federal employees in their first 15 years of Federal service. Dr. David Bray, Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission and a 2012 Flemming Award winner, was the keynote speaker at the event.

“It was a wonderful surprise to receive a 2013 Arthur S. Flemming award," Perkins said. "It is an...

Published: 05-27-2014

Graduate student Greg Salvesen is the winner of the 2014 R. N. Thomas Award. The award of about $500 comes from a fund established by Nora Thomas, the widow of JILA co-founder Dick Thomas. In addition to the monetary award, Salvesen received a book about Thomas’ exemplary career in astrophysics.

Salvesen is a fifth-year graduate student in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. He works under Fellow Mitch Begelman, who says “he is one of the most...

Published: 04-22-2014

The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office (TTO) presented awards to Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret Murnane, and Dana Anderson on April 24 for representing the spirit of innovation at CU-Boulder and best practices in commercialization of university technologies, according to a press release issued by TTO on April 21. 

TTO recognized Henry C. Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane as its Inventors of the Year, CU-Boulder. The two researchers are Fellows of JILA and...

Published: 02-20-2014

Cindy Regal has been selected to receive a 2014 Cottrell Scholars Award from the Research Corporation for Science and Advancement. The Cottrell Scholar Awards are given to early career faculty members who excel at both research and teaching. The awards target scholarship designed to improve undergraduate science education at research universities in the United States.

Published: 01-16-2014

Deborah Jin has been awarded the 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics by the National Academy of Sciences. The Comstock Prize recognizes an innovative discovery by a North American resident in the fields of electricity, magnetism, or radiant energy.

Jin received this year’s Comstock Prize for “demonstrating quantum degeneracy and the formation of a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate in ultracold fermionic atoms gases, and for pioneering work in polar molecular quantum chemistry.” The honor...

Published: 01-14-2014

Steve Cundiff was named an IEEE Fellow on January 1, 2014. In electing him as a Fellow, the Board of Directors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. cited him "for contributions to self-referenced optical frequency combs and ultrafast nonlinear solid-state spectroscopy."

"I am delighted to share the good news with you and to congratulate you on having this distinguished individual on your staff," said J. Roberto B. de Marca, IEEE President and CEO in a letter...


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