JILA News

Jun Ye awarded APS Ramsey Prize
Published: October 23, 2018

The American Physical Society announced JILA Fellow Jun Ye as the recipient of the 2019 Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries. Ye was recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to precision measurements and the quantum control of atomic and molecular systems, including atomic clocks.

PI: Jun Ye
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Ben Brubaker wins Particle Physics Dissertation Award
Published: October 23, 2018

Dr. Benjamin Brubaker won the 2019 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physics Society (APS). Dr. Brubaker is currently a postdoctoral research associate at JILA working with Dr. Konrad Lehnert. Brubaker completed his doctoral thesis work at Yale, where he made outstanding contributions to the design and construction of, and detailed the first results from, the HAYSTAC (Haloscope at Yale Sensitive to Axion Cold) dark matter experimental detector. Brubaker’s thesis reports a major milestone in the progress to detect hypothetical particles called axions, which are leading candidates for “cold dark matter.”

PI: Konrad Lehnert
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Heather Lewandowski awarded APS Advanced Lab Instruction Prize
Published: October 23, 2018

The American Physical Society announced JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski as the 2019 recipient of the F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction.

PI: Heather Lewandowski
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Tess Eidem recognized for work helping students
Published: October 18, 2018

JILAn Dr. Tess Eidem was recognized by the University of Colorado Boulder for her work coordinating student understanding about roles and responsibilities related to their support funding. Eidem is the Associate Director of Education for STROBE, an NSF Science and Technology Center that is a collaboration between six universities, including the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Ann-Marie Madigan named 2018 Packard Fellow
Published: October 15, 2018

A CU Boulder researcher who investigates the unusual behavior of icy objects at the outermost edges of the solar system has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow. Ann-Marie Madigan is one of 18 scientists and engineers receiving this honor, which is handed out annually by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The award comes with a no-strings-attached, 5-year grant of $875,000 to support “the blue-sky thinking” of researchers across the country.

PI: Ann-Marie Madigan
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Murnane and Kapteyn Presented 2018 Governor’s Award
Published: October 05, 2018

CO-LABS presented JILA’s ultrafast imaging team, led by Fellows Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn, the 2018 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. Murnane and Kapteyn were honored for their work in revolutionizing ultrafast and nanoscale imaging through the research and development of tabletop x-ray sources. These advancements enable real-time imaging of the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of materials at the level of small collections of atoms. The applications range from improving semiconductor devices and magnetic storage to understanding the fundamental physics and chemistry of complex materials. By designing, developing, and eventually enabling the availability of this technology through KM-Labs, Murnane and Kapteyn have enabled many curious researchers to further their discoveries.  

PI: Henry Kapteyn | PI: Margaret Murnane
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Three JILA Fellows named 2018 APS Fellows
Published: October 03, 2018

Three JILA Fellows have been named 2018 Fellows of the American Physical Society. The three new Fellows—Andreas Becker, Heather J. Lewandowski, and James K. Thompson—were nominated from varying divisions of APS. Andreas Becker was nominated by the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical physics for his contributions to the understanding of the behavior of atoms and molecules in intense light fields, including seminal theoretical studies of attosecond dynamics, photoionization, complex electron dynamics in simple systems such as H2, and a better understanding of high-harmonic generation.

PI: Andreas Becker | PI: Heather Lewandowski | PI: James Thompson
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Heather Lewandowski to receive 2018 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT
Published: October 01, 2018

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced last week that JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski will receive the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT. Lewandowski’s dual research areas are in fundamental experimental molecular physics and Physics Education Research (PER). Within PER, Lewandowski studies how the structures of upper-level labs for undergraduates can best transition students into research lab environments.

PI: Heather Lewandowski
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Emma Simmerman awarded prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
Published: September 28, 2018

Emma Simmerman, a senior physics major, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). NASA astronaut Joe Tanner will present with the award during a ceremony at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Andrews Hall. Tanner is an instructor at CU Boulder. The event is free and open to the public. Simmerman is the 22nd CU Boulder recipient.

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Perkins and Lehnert Awarded Department of Commerce Medals
Published: September 26, 2018

JILA Fellows Dr. Tom Perkins and Dr. Konrad Lehnert both received medals from the Department of Commerce last night at the Ronald Reagan Amphitheater in Washington, D.C. Dr. Perkins received the Gold Medal, which is the highest honorary award given by the United States Department of Commerce, or DOC. Perkins was recognized for creating the world’s best atomic force microscope tailored to biological measurements. This device can “grab” onto biological molecules, such as proteins, and measure the tiny forces involved in their folding and unfolding.

PI: Thomas Perkins | PI: Konrad Lehnert
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Sara Campbell wins 2018 Laser Dissertation Award
Published: September 20, 2018

Former JILAn Dr. Sara Campbell won the 2018 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on the world’s most precise atomic clock. Campbell’s thesis, entitled “A Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock”, detailed how the high densities of a degenerate Fermi gas held in an optical lattice could be used to prevent interaction shifts. In this thesis, Campbell demonstrated an unprecedented level of atom-light coherence.

Sara Campbell was a JILA graduate student in the Ye group  until May 2017. She is now studying phase contrast electron microscopy as a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley. Earlier this month, Campbell was named a HHMI Hannah Gray Fellow. 

PI: Jun Ye
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Rabin Paudel awarded Nepal Bidhya Bhusan
Published: September 20, 2018

Recent JILA graduate Dr. Rabin Paudel was awarded the Nepal Bidhya Bhusan this September. The Nepal Bidhya Bhusan is the highest academic award given by the Nepalese government. This year, Nepalese president Bidhya Devi Bhandari gave 233 Bidhya Bhusan Padak to Nepalese nationals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in PhD, Masters, of Bachelor’s level academics, at local and foreign universities. The highest level of this award is reserved for those holding PhD degrees.

PI: Deborah Jin
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Jin Fest Celebrates Legacy of Deborah Jin
Published: September 13, 2018

The Jin Fest was held September 7-8, 2018 to celebrate the scientific legacy of Deborah Jin. Jin, who was once a JILA Fellow, NIST Fellow, and adjoint professor of physics at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, made major contributions to the study of ultracold atomic and molecular physics.

PI: Deborah Jin
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Sara Campbell named HHMI Fellow
Published: September 12, 2018

Recent JILA graduate Dr. Sara Campbell was announced to be a 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows.

PI: Jun Ye
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JILA, CIRES, NOAA researchers honored with 2018 Governor’s Awards
Published: August 23, 2018
PI: Henry Kapteyn | PI: Margaret Murnane
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Jun Ye Stars in Feature Film
Published: August 22, 2018

JILA Jun Ye hit the big screen this summer as he debuted in the feature-length documentary, “The Most Unknown”.

“The Most Unknown” brings together nine scientists from across the globe, all of whom are using science to answer deep philosophical questions, such as how did life begin, and what is time? The scientists are brought together, (“blind-date style,” as the New Yorker’s review accurately describes it) to discuss how their work from various fields might overlap.

PI: Jun Ye
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“BEC’s in Space” Now a Reality
Published: August 01, 2018

JILA’s favorite degenerate, the Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC), has a new home: the International Space Station. This new acheivement is "multi-mega-awesome," according to JILA Fellow Eric Cornell. BECs became a staple for measuring quantum phenomenon when they were experimentally realized in 1995 by JILA Fellows Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman at the University of Colorado Boulder, and by Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT.

PI: Dana Anderson
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Sara Campbell Finalist for 2018 Laser Science Dissertation Award
Published: July 25, 2018

Former JILA graduate student Dr. Sara Cambell has been named a Finalist for the 2018 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock. 

PI: Jun Ye
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Cindy Regal Named 2018 GRC Cruickshank Lecturer
Published: July 23, 2018

JILA Fellow Cindy Regal has been named a 2018 Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer by the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC). This prestigious title is given worldwide to scientists at the top of their fields in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. 

PI: Cindy Regal
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Giving back to inspire: Nobel laureate Jan Hall donates medal to CU
Published: July 09, 2018

John "Jan" Hall, 2005 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics for his work in harnessing light to make ultra-precise measurements, has donated his Nobel medal and accompanying original artwork to the university to inspire current and prospective students. Hall, a fellow and senior research associate at JILA—a joint institute on campus between CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology—presented his Nobel medal in a May 8 reception at the Heritage Center in Old Main. 

PI: John Hall
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