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Published: Mon, 08/13/2018 - 2:45pm

A collaboration between the Thompson Lab and Rey’s theory group is exploiting phenomena related to Quantum Information Science and Technology (QIST), such as entanglement, to break through previous barriers of quantum precision defined by the Standard Quantum Limit. These advances may transform typical physics laboratories into probes for the most fundamental questions of our universe.

 

The chaos within a black hole scrambles information. Gravity tugs on time in tiny, discrete steps. A phantom-like presence pervades our universe, yet evades detection. These intangible phenomena may seem like mere conjectures of science fiction, but in reality, experimental comprehension is not far, in neither time nor space.

Astronomical advances in quantum simulators and quantum sensors will likely be made within the decade, and the leading experiments for black holes, gravitons, and dark matter will be not in space, but in basements – sitting on tables, in a black room lit only by lasers.

These experiments, generally called quantum precision measurements, are leading the forefront of our fundamental understanding...

Published: Mar 23, 2015

One of the great challenges in the semiconductor and electronics industries is that as nanoscale features get smaller and processes get faster,...

Published: Mar 11, 2015

Supermassive black holes at the center of active galaxies are known as blazars when they are extremely bright and produce powerful jets of matter...

Published: Mar 02, 2015

The photoelectric effect has been well known since the publication of Albert Einstein’s 1905 paper explaining that quantized particles of light...

Published: Feb 27, 2015

When the Rey theory group first modeled a quantum system at JILA, it investigated the interactions of strontium atoms in the Ye group’s strontium-...

Published: Jan 20, 2015

Because red fluorescent proteins are important tools for cellular imaging, the Jimenez group is working to improve them to further biophysics...

Published: Dec 10, 2014

Until recently, researchers who wanted to understand how magnetic materials work had to reserve time on a large, stadium-sized X-ray machine...

Published: Oct 31, 2014

New theory describing the spin behavior of ultracold polar molecules is opening the door to explorations of exciting, new physics in JILA’s cold...

Published: Oct 14, 2014

Dynamical phase transitions in the quantum world are wildly noisy and chaotic. They don’t look anything like the phase transitions we observe in...

Published: Aug 25, 2014

A Be star is a luminous, blue B-type star with distinctive spectral lines that can provide two types of feasts (tasty snacks or full-scale...

Published: Aug 18, 2014

Symmetries described by SU(N) group theory made it possible for physicists in the 1950s to explain how quarks combine to make protons and neutrons...

Published: Aug 01, 2014

The Raschke group recently came up with a clever way to detect folds and grain boundaries in graphene. a sheet made of a single layer of carbon...

Published: Jul 13, 2014

The spooky quantum property of entanglement is set to become a powerful tool in precision measurement, thanks to researchers in the Thompson group...

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