JILA News

JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey Receives 2023 Presidential Rank Award
Published: November 03, 2023

U.S. President Joe Biden has awarded 232 Senior Executive Service (SES), Senior-Level (SL), and Scientific and Professional (ST) members across 31 government agencies with the prestigious Presidential Rank Award. Of these individuals, JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey has been recognized within the Department of Commerce for her work in precision measurement and quantum physics. 

PI(s):
Ana Maria Rey
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JILA Graduate Student Daniel Carlson awarded Best Paper Award at Optica International Conference on Advanced Solid State Lasers
Published: October 25, 2023

To honor students' abilities for clear and effective communication in quantum physics, Optica offers a yearly "best paper" award at its International Conference on Advanced Solid State Lasers. This year, JILA graduate student Daniel Carlson was among the list of winners, with his presentation "Carbon K-Edge Soft X-Rays Driven by a 3 µm,1 kHz OPCPA Laser System" winning over the judges. 

PI(s):
Margaret Murnane | Henry Kapteyn
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JILA Graduate Student Jeremy Thurston Given Awarded Prize for Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition
Published: October 25, 2023

Every year, the Frontiers in Optics conference holds the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition, acknowledging the excellence of students in presenting their work at the conference in both paper and poster form. This year, JILA graduate student Jeremy Thurston of the Murnane and Kapteyn research groups showcased his work in both a paper and presentation titled: "Bright Tunable Ultrafast Deep- and Vacuum-Ultraviolet Harmonic Combs," which was awarded a prize by the judges for excellence in communication. 

 

PI(s):
Margaret Murnane | Henry Kapteyn
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JILA Graduate Students Qizhong Liang and Drew Morrill Win Colorado Photonics Industry Association Poster Contest
Published: October 23, 2023

Every year, the Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) holds a university meeting where students from several of Colorado's prominent universities present their work as a poster to an industry audience, followed by networking with potential employers. For students, it's an excellent opportunity to practice public speaking, share their current research projects, and find potential industry jobs. Each year, three students are awarded a cash prize for how well they communicate their research and the design of their poster. 

This year, JILA graduate students Qizhong Liang, from JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye's research group, and Drew Morrill, from JILA Fellows Margaret Murnane's and Henry Kapteyn's research group, have been awarded prizes for their poster presentations. 

PI(s):
Margaret Murnane | Henry Kapteyn | Jun Ye
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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet Visits JILA Amidst Announcement of New Colorado Quantum Funding
Published: October 23, 2023

On October 20th, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited JILA, a joint institute between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. During his visit, Bennet engaged with several of the institute's scientists and students, discussing their groundbreaking research and its implications. JILA Fellows Konrad Lehnert, Cindy Regal, Jun Ye, and Ana Maria Rey all spoke about their research during Bennett’s walking tour of JILA. Bennet visited Ye’s laboratory, discussing with several of his students the importance of atomic clocks and their impacts on technology such as GPS. 

 Bennet's engagement with JILA reinforces the significance of Colorado as a hub for scientific innovation and quantum research, and it sheds light on the potential collaborations that could emerge between political leadership and the scientific community.

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Other
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JILA Fellows Ana Maria Rey and Adam Kaufman Featured in IEEE Spectrum Article
Published: October 19, 2023

JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey and JILA Fellow and NIST Physicist Adam Kaufman have both been recently featured in an article for IEEE Spectrum. In a pair of Nature papers, Rey and Kaufman both demonstrated the phenomena of spin-squeezing to reduce noise in their quantum systems. "All objects that follow the rules of quantum physics can exist in multiple energy states at once, an effect known as superposition," explains the IEEE Spectrum article. "Spin squeezing reduces all those possible superposition states to just a few possibilities in some respects, while expanding them in others." 

PI(s):
Ana Maria Rey | Adam Kaufman
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Remembering JILA Fellow W. Carl Lineberger
Published: October 18, 2023

William Carl Lineberger, 83, loving husband, died on October 17, 2023, in Boulder, Colorado. Born in 1939, in Hamlet, North Carolina, Carl was the only child of Evelyn Pilot Cooper and Caleb Henry Lineberger. He is survived by his wife, Kitty Edwards, and his beloved dog, Jude.

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W. Carl Lineberger
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JILA Researcher Jarrod Reilly highlighted in a New “Physics Magazine” Article
Published: October 12, 2023

Leading the way in quantum sensing advancements, JILA, a renowned institute at the forefront of quantum sensing research, has once again proven its prowess. In a new Physics Magazine article, JILA graduate student Jarrod Reilly was highlighted in his work developing a groundbreaking approach that promises to redefine the capabilities of quantum sensors.

PI(s):
Murray Holland
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Colorado Leadership Mentions JILA in a New Bipartisan Letter to the Department of Commerce Urging more Support for Quantum Science Innovation
Published: October 06, 2023

In a recent press release by Colorado Governor Jared Polis' office, JILA has been mentioned as "the roots of Colorado’s leadership" in quantum information science. This press release highlights a recent bipartisan letter written by Colorado's state leadership, including Governor Polis, to the Department of Commerce and Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to "formalize their strong support for the Elevate Quantum Consortium and its designation by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as a Regional Technology Hub in Advanced Energy focused on Quantum information science." 

JILA, a joint institute between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder, launched in 1962, helped to cultivate the now growing hub of quantum technology companies, organizations, and research groups within the Colorado area. 

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Other JILA Researcher
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Life After JILA: Bin Wang
Published: October 06, 2023

While academia has traditionally been the primary path for physicists, the industrial sector offers unique opportunities and advantages. This was certainly the case for Dr. Bin Wang, who was recently a JILA postdoctoral researcher, now a Senior Software Engineer at ASML. “I decided to pursue my career in the semiconductor industry,” explained Wang. “At ASML, we are trying to use photolithographic machines to print very small features on a semiconducting wafer. It works like a projector where a template is projected onto a screen. But our “projector” is not perfect and there is some distortion between what is on the template and what we get on the screen (silicon wafers in our case).” 

To overcome this issue, Wang and his team work on designing software systems that can modify patterns on the template to compensate for the distortion. “The software incorporates physics, chemistry, maths, and computer science altogether to get the best correct on the template,” he added. 

 

Before starting at ASML in April of 2023, Wang worked with JILA Fellows and University of Colorado Boulder professors Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn. Wang joined the Murane/Kapteyn research group in 2016 as a graduate student (though he eventually became a JILA postdoc), focusing on specialized ultraviolet light sources and applications. 

 

PI(s):
Margaret Murnane | Henry Kapteyn
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Humans of JILA Podcast: Episode 2: JILA's Instrument Shop
Published: September 26, 2023

JILA's new podcast, "Humans of JILA," highlights the human narratives of research groups, talented staff, and inspiring individuals within the institute. In this month's episode, we dive into the instrument shop. 

PI(s):
Other JILA Researcher
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JILA Fellow Shuo Sun Becomes A Science Advisor for Colorado Quantum Startup
Published: September 21, 2023

JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder professor Shuo Sun recently became the science advisor for Boulder-based quantum technology company Icarus Quantum. Since its inception in 2020, Icarus Quantum has focused on developing on-demand single- and entangled-photon generators for the future quantum internet network. As Sun's research focuses on quantum information science using photons (light particles) as a means to transmit information, he will no doubt be a valuable asset to this Colorado start-up. 

PI(s):
Shuo Sun
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JILA’s Physics Frontiers (PFC) is Awarded a $25 Million Grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Published: September 12, 2023

The JILA Physics Frontiers Center (PFC), an NSF-funded science center within JILA (a world-leading physics research institute), has recently been awarded a $25 million grant after a re-competition process. 

This science center brings together 20 researchers across JILA to collaborate to realize precise measurements and cutting-edge manipulations to harness increasingly complex quantum systems. Since its establishment in 2006, the JILA PFC’s dedication to advancing quantum research and educating the next generation of scientists has helped it to stand out as the heart of JILA’s excellence. 

 

PI(s):
Andreas Becker | Ana Maria Rey | Eric Cornell | W. Carl Lineberger
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Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse Announces Significant Funding Headed to NIST & CU’s JILA Lab Renovation
Published: September 07, 2023

Since its inception in 1962, JILA has been a vital part of the University of Colorado’s physics research department, leading the way in the science of precision measurement while also teaching the next generation of physicists. Congressman Neguse recently released an update on funds for JILA provided by the Community Project Funding (PCF) status, saying: “Colorado has become world-renowned for its research ecosystem, and I could not be more excited that we’ve secured funding to help support the development of these groundbreaking labs in Colorado’s Second District. Thanks to this funding, JILA researchers and scientists will be able to complete much needed renovations to their lab—equipping this facility with the tools needed to remain a leader in their field.”

 

PI(s):
John Bohn
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JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder Professor Robert Parson Retires from Teaching
Published: August 31, 2023

In the intricate domain of theoretical chemical dynamics, Robert Parson resonates profoundly as a trailblazer whose work has transformed our comprehension of molecular interactions and reactions. As a distinguished Fellow at JILA (formerly known as the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics), Parson's retirement marks the culmination of a remarkable career that indelibly shaped the field and inspired a new generation of researchers. Parson’s career spanned over 30 years and focused on theoretical chemistry and Physical Education Research (PER). 

PI(s):
Robert Parson
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JILA and NIST Fellows Jun Ye's and Eric Cornell's eEDM Research Highlighted in "Physics World"
Published: August 24, 2023

JILA and NIST Fellows Jun Ye and Eric Cornell's recent research on advancing electron electric dipole moment (eEDM) measurements has been highlighted in Physics World. 

PI(s):
Eric Cornell | Jun Ye
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JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye's Research is Highlighted in a New University of Colorado Boulder Start Up Program
Published: August 16, 2023

Around 150 promising inventions are generated annually within the University of Colorado Boulder. To support these inventions, the Venture Partners at CU Boulder organization established the Embark Deep Tech Startup Creator, an accelerator program for start-up companies coming out of CU Boulder. This year, Venture Partners at CU Boulder announced the Embark Entrepreneurs in Residence cohort. This cohort pairs entrepreneurs with promising inventions. 

In the case of JILA, entrepreneur Eva Yao will lead FLARI in bringing to market a breathalyzer capable of detecting molecules in breath or air samples invented by Jun Ye for fast detection of diseases and contaminants. 

PI(s):
Jun Ye
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JILA Fellow Daniel Dessau's work featured in "The Washington Post"
Published: August 15, 2023

JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder physics professor Daniel Dessau's research was recently highlighted in an article from The Washington Post focusing on the recent room-temperature superconductor and its controversial science.

PI(s):
Daniel Dessau
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Humans of JILA: Rachael Merritt
Published: August 01, 2023

While many researchers within JILA focus on pushing the limits of particles in the quantum realm or learning more about the dynamics of black holes, others, like Rachael Merritt, look at how physics is currently being taught and ways to improve this process. Known as Physics Education Research (PER), this field is crucial in enhancing the quality of physics education by providing evidence-based insights into teaching and learning practices. As a postdoctoral research associate in JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski’s group, Merritt helps to lead some of the most cutting-edge research in PER in the United States.

PI(s):
Heather Lewandowski
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JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder Physics Professor Heather Lewandowski interviewed by Colorado 9News
Published: July 25, 2023

Colorado 9News recently interviewed JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder physics professor Heather Lewandowski as she discussed a recent paper with over 1,000 authors. This recent paper, published in the Astrophysical Journal, focused on solving the mystery of the Sun's corona, a ring of significantly hotter temperatures surrounding the Sun compared to its core. Lewandowski recruited over 1,000 undergraduate students as researchers to study this phenomenon as they analyzed data from observations of the corona. The entire project took multiple years and culminated in over 56,000 hours of research. In the 9News interview, Lewandowski stated: "It's really important for us to understand our Sun because it has a large impact on Earth."

PI(s):
Heather Lewandowski
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