JILA News

Humans of JILA: Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore
Published: August 03, 2022

Many researchers at JILA feel honored to work with several big-name scientists within a specialized field of physics. One of these is graduate student Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore, who is mentored by JILA Fellow Mitch Begelman and Fellow Adjoint Phil Armitage. Studying with these two well-known physicists, Gerling-Dunsmore's work focuses on accretion disk survival, or the conditions needed for the accretion disks of the supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies      to survive gravitational instability. Her research, along with the support of her advisors, has helped award Gerling-Dunsmore with a prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA). This fellowship is sponsored by the Simons Foundation in New York City. According to Gerling-Dunsmore, the Simons foundation funds: "science that is especially computational in nature and often does not      get a lot of funding from the U.S. government." This funding allows researchers like Gerling-Dunsmore to further explore their interests while learning new research skills. 

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Mitch Begelman
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Jun Ye is awarded the Department of Defense 2022 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship
Published: July 13, 2022

The DoD announced today the selection of nine distinguished faculty scientists and engineers for the 2022 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows (VBFF). This highly competitive Fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Vannevar Bush, who directed the Office of Scientific Research and Development after World War II. In line with Dr. Bush’s vision, the Fellowship aims to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research.

“The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship is the Department’s most prestigious research grant award,” said Dr. Jean-Luc Cambier, the VBFF Program Director. “It is oriented towards bold and ambitious ‘blue sky’ research that will lead to extraordinary outcomes that may revolutionize entire disciplines, create entirely new fields, or disrupt accepted theories and perspectives.” JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye has been distinguished as one of the 2022 Fellows. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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Celebrating 60 Years of JILA
Published: July 12, 2022

This year, JILA celebrates its 60th anniversary. Officially established on April 13, 1962, as a joint institution between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), JILA has become a world leader in physics research. Its rich history includes three Nobel laureates, groundbreaking work in laser development, atomic clocks, underlying dedication to precision measurement, and even competitive sports leagues. The process of creating this science goliath was not always straightforward and took the dedication and hard work of many individuals.

PI(s):
John Hall | Judah Levine | Carl Wieman | Eric Cornell | Margaret Murnane | Henry Kapteyn | Jun Ye | Thomas Perkins | W. Carl Lineberger
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JILA Graduate Students Tyler McMaken and Lia Hankla Awarded the 2022 Richard Nelson Thomas Award
Published: June 01, 2022

Two JILA graduate students were awarded this year's Richard Nelson Thomas Award for Graduate Students in Astrophyiscs. This award is given annually in honor of Dr. Richard Nelson Thomas, a founding member of JILA and an astrophysics researcher. Dr. Thomas was instrumental in establishing JILA's Visiting Fellows program, as well as growing the institution as a whole. Because of Dr. Thomas' legacy, his family and friends established an annual award given to an outstanding graduate student in astrophysics. 

PI(s):
Andrew Hamilton | Jason Dexter
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The University of Colorado's President Saliman Visits JILA
Published: May 23, 2022

University of Colorado President Todd Saliman visited JILA this past week and toured the laboratories at the invitation of JILA and NIST Fellow Eric Cornell.

Saliman was impressed by the research team and Fellows and applauded their work.

 

“You are all working to change the world,” President Saliman said.

 

PI(s):
Eric Cornell
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Life After JILA: Rabin Paudel
Published: May 20, 2022

Most, if not all, JILA alumni have found that their time at JILA has impacted their careers. Whether through working on cutting-edge research or networking with others, most JILA alumni have left the institution with essential skills needed for their future successes. This is the case for Dr. Rabin Paudel, who was a Senior Applications Engineer at Cymer/ASML, which is a Dutch multinational company that makes photolithography equipment used by semiconductor chipmakers. Since the writing of this article, Paudel has now started a new position at Intel Corporation.

PI(s):
Eric Cornell
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Humans of JILA-Connor Thomas
Published: May 10, 2022

For some physics and math undergraduates, JILA has become a place to learn cutting-edge research while belonging to a community. That's what undergraduate Connor Thomas experienced. Though Thomas is graduating with a bachelor's in biochemistry and transitioning to a graduate program at MIT, he's been grateful for his time at JILA. "JILA has been a pretty fantastic community for me," Thomas said. "In particular, my lab has been great. They were really constant through COVID. I am definitely going to miss all of that."

PI(s):
Ralph Jimenez
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Life After JILA with Alumnus Mike Martin
Published: April 19, 2022

“It's hard to imagine my career without JILA,” explained Mike Martin, staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Martin first arrived at CU in 2006, as a graduate student. “I began working with [JILA and NIST Fellow] Jun Ye in 2007,” he said. “My work was in frequency metrology for precision measurement and timekeeping.” During Martin's stint at JILA, he explained that he helped work on the early development of the frequency comb. As time continued, his work expanded to include studying the strontium lattice clock. “At the time there was only one strontium apparatus in Jun’s lab,” he said. “And around 10 people or so were all studying it.” This allowed him to collaborate with many other colleagues on the science behind the clock. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye | Ana Maria Rey
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JILA Celebrates World Quantum Day 2022
Published: April 14, 2022

World Quantum Day is a big deal for JILA. With around 75% of JILA Fellows researching quantum phenomena, it's no surprise that this institute is a world leader in this field. “Quantum research enables so many applications, varying from new generations of computers, secure communications, to ultraprecise clocks and sensors,” explained JILA Fellow Shuo Sun.  “In addition, quantum research will drive the advances of many fields such as material science, chemistry, nanoscience, etc., which will likely drive new technology breakthroughs that we cannot predict yet. Finally, the research in quantum allows us to probe the fundamental questions in physics, which is really fascinating to me.” Quantum physics has had a long history at JILA, becoming popular thanks to Einstein's work in the 1920s. Several JILA Fellows, including JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye, continue to build off of Einstein's original work. 

PI(s):
Shuo Sun
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JILA W. M. Keck Lab receives CU Green Labs Program Award for shared research resources
Published: April 04, 2022

JILA W. M. Keck Lab has been selected to receive a CU Green Labs Program Award for the lab’s efforts for shared research resources. The annual CU Green Labs Awards Program started in 2015 to reward departments that work to make the campus' sustainability possible.  Awardees exemplify CU’s continuing efforts to become a sustainable institution. 

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JILA Labs Awarded Federal Funding
Published: March 17, 2022

Founded in 1962, JILA (a partnership between CU Boulder and NIST) is a world leader in quantum sensing research, workforce training, and industry engagement. JILA scientists have helped develop technology that has been implemented in space, while others are looking into using lasers to help with diagnosing respiratory illnesses. Over time, though, age has taken a toll on JILA facilities. 

The CU Federal Relations team worked with senators Hickenlooper and Bennet to secure $950,000 in funding for JILA through the omnibus bill to give its labs a refresh.

According to JILA COO Beth Kroger, the funding will pay for much-needed research equipment in the JILA instrument and electronics shops, as well as equipment for CU Boulder’s JILA Keck Metrology and Clean Room Core Facility, which serves the campus and provides important research capabilities.

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JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski joins ranks of President’s Teaching Scholars
Published: March 03, 2022

JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski has been honored in the 2022  President’s Teaching Scholars Program (PTSP), which recognizes CU faculty who skillfully integrate teaching and research at an exceptional level. Lewandowski's laboratory focuses on both cold molecular physics and physics education research. Her physics education research program studies ways to increase students' proficiency in scientific practices such as using models and quantitative reasoning in experimental physics. 

PI(s):
Heather Lewandowski
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JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey Inducted into the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences
Published: February 23, 2022

JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey is to be inducted into the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences (Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales). Fellow Ana Maria Rey has been inducted into the Colombian National Academy of Sciences.  Rey, is a Columbian physicist at the University of Colorado, Boulder who "studies the scientific interface between atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter physics and quantum information science."

PI(s):
Ana Maria Rey
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State of Colorado & Government of Finland Create New Quantum Partnerships
Published: February 17, 2022

This week has been a big week for Colorado's quantum community, as delegates from the Government of Finland visited the snowy state to celebrate the beginning of several quantum research and quantum technology partnerships between the Fins and both academia and industry-based groups in Colorado.

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The Passing of Former JILAn Cheryl Glenn
Published: January 17, 2022

On January 12, 2022, former JILAn Cheryl Glenn passed away. Known as a wonderful friend and leading light, Cheryl’s passing has left a hole in the JILA community. From 1978 to 2011, Cheryl was the Executive Assistant at JILA, helping the Fellows and bettering the JILA culture overall. According to Krista Beck, Fellows Assistant to Eric Cornell, Carl Lineberger, and the Physics Frontier Center, Cheryl was always there for support. When Krista had adopted her second child, a newborn, Cheryl helped teach Krista how to become a mother. “Cheryl was also a really good friend to all the visiting Fellows,” Krista added. 

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The James Webb Telescope Set to Launch on December 24th
Published: December 20, 2021

Christmas Eve brings something extra special in the form of the James Webb telescope. This telescope is set to launch at 07:20 am EST This telescope is the successor of the Hubble telescope and is designed to go far into our galaxy, helping to answer some of our biggest questions about our universe.

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JILA Graduate Student Joanna Lis speaks on the 2021 Q2B Conference
Published: December 14, 2021

This year’s Q2B (Quantum 2 Business) conference took place on December 7-9 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Several big names spoke at the event, and it was a place to forge new partnerships and connections. For one lucky JILAn, the trip to this conference was sponsored by CUbit Quantum Initiative, (CUbit). "I am very grateful to Women in Quantum and CUbit for sponsoring me to attend the Q2B conference," Joanna Lis said. Lis is a graduate student within JILA Fellow Adam Kaufman's laboratory. "My research is looking at neutral atoms in tweezers. I was positively surprised on how much presence neutral atom platforms had within the conference," she added.

PI(s):
Adam Kaufman
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Tyler McMaken and Sean Muleady win 2021 CU Prizes
Published: December 14, 2021

Two JILA graduate students were awarded "Oustanding Service Awards" from the Physics department at the University of Colorado Boulder. These awards are given each semester. 

PI(s):
Andrew Hamilton | Ana Maria Rey
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JILA Fellow Judah Levine Revisits His Work
Published: December 13, 2021

On December 8th, JILA and NIST Fellow Dr. Judah Levine spoke on his research into internet time service. Internet time service is based on atomic clock technology and is used to help set computer clocks and other devices. The virtual event was hosted by Executive Director Dan Powers of CO-Labs, a coalition of 30+ federally funded Colorado research labs, including JILA. Levine's talk was one in a series discussing the ROI of scientific research.

PI(s):
Judah Levine
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Introducing the Debbie Jin room and the Chiral Spiral
Published: December 10, 2021

JILA Room S209 informally referred to as Affinity Room, has been renovated and now has an official name: the Debbie Jin Room.  Named in honor of late JILA Fellow Debbie Jin, this suite of rooms is designed to foster and support community amongst JILA’s graduate students and postdocs. The JILA Welcome Lounge has also been renamed to the Chiral Spiral. 

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