About the Sun Group

We are grateful for funding for our research from these agencies

Our group explores light-matter interactions at the fundamental quantum limit, where single atoms can strongly interact with single photons. We realize this capability by design and fabrication of nanophotonic structures that confine photons at an extremely small volume, which are then coupled to solid-state artificial atoms such as quantum dots and atomic defect centers. In addition to the interest of understanding fundamental physics through the generation of exotic light-matter interactions, we aim to apply the quantum light-matter interface for quantum information applications, including nonclassical light generation, entanglement distribution, and optical quantum information processing. We are also interested in developing new noise spectroscopy and quantum control techniques for applications in noise mitigation and quantum sensing.

Research Areas

In the Spotlight

The group photo taken at the Quantum Light Conference hosted by JILA in July 2024
July 19, 2024: JILA Hosts the Inaugural Workshop on Quantum Light Generation, Detection, and Applications

JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted its inaugural workshop on recent technological and research advancements in quantum light from July 17 to 19, 2024. The conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded JILA Physics Frontier Center (PFC), the CUbit Quantum Initiative, and laser company Toptica. 

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JILA Associate Fellow Shuo Sun
September 21, 2023: JILA Fellow Shuo Sun Becomes A Science Advisor for Colorado Quantum Startup

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… Read more >

From left to right: JILA postdoc Rachael Merritt, former JILAn and W. M. Keck Lab Director Curtis Biemborn, JILA Fellow Margaret Murnane, JILA Fellow Graeme Smith, JILA Fellow Shuo Sun (virtual), and JILA postdoc Jake Higgins
June 02, 2023: JILA's Postdoc Group Hosts Career Panel

JILA's Postdoc Group, an internal organization supporting postdoctoral researchers within JILA, held a career panel titled: "Insights for Applying for Faculty Positions as a Postdoctoral Researcher." The panel featured three JILA Fellows: Margaret Murnane, Shuo Sun, and Graeme Smith, and J. Curtis Beimborn II, the Director of the W.M. Keck Laboratory at JILA, who recently accepted a faculty position on the East Coast. 

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JILA Associate Fellow Shuo Sun
February 16, 2023: Associate JILA Fellow Shuo Sun has been awarded a 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship

Associate JILA Fellow and University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Dr. Shuo Sun has been awarded a 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship. Along with 124 other winners, Sun's work has been recognized as being of the highest quality. 

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JILA Address

We are located at JILA: A joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder.

Map | JILA Phone: 303-492-7789 | Address: 440 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309