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Published: 08/30/2016 - 12:00pm Type of Content: News

Fellows Cindy Regal and Konrad Lehnert have won the 2016 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research in Foundational Science and Technology, CO-LABS announced today. JILA Chair Dana Anderson submitted the nomination of their joint research on building, studying, and using devices that exploit the strange and powerful properties of quantum mechanics. The nomination was entitled, The JILA Quantum...

Published: 01/28/2016 - 7:52am Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

The Rey and Ye groups are in the midst of an extended collaboration on using the Ye group’s strontium (Sr) lattice clock for studies of spin-orbit coupling in pancake-like layers of cold Sr atoms. Spin-orbit coupling means an atom’s motion is correlated with its spin. It occurs in everyday materials when negatively charged electrons move in response to electromagnetic fields inside a crystal....

Published: 11/30/2015 - 7:53am Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

In the future, quantum microwave networks may handle quantum information transfer via optical fibers or microwave cables. The evolution of a quantum microwave network will rely on innovative microwave circuits currently being developed and characterized by the Lehnert group. Applications for this innovative technology could one day include quantum computing, converters that transform microwave...

Published: 11/02/2015 - 9:15am Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

The Regal and Rey groups have come up with a novel way to generate and propagate quantum entanglement [1], a key feature required for quantum computing. Quantum computing requires that bits of information called qubits be moved from one location to another, be available to interact in prescribed ways, and then be isolated for storage or subsequent interactions. The group showed that single...

Published: 08/19/2015 - 9:00am Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

Graduate student Brian Lester of the Regal group has taken an important step toward building larger, more complex systems from single-atom building blocks. His accomplishment opens the door to advances in neutral-atom quantum computing, investigations of the interplay of spin and motion as well as the synthesis of novel single molecules from different atoms.

What Lester did was to...

Published: 10/14/2014 - 11:59am Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

Dynamical phase transitions in the quantum world are wildly noisy and chaotic. They don’t look anything like the phase transitions we observe in our everyday world. In Colorado, we see phase transitions caused by temperature changes all the time: snow banks melting in the spring, water boiling on the stove, slick spots on the sidewalk after the first freeze. Quantum phase transitions happen,...

Published: 06/28/2016 - 2:16pm Type of Content: Biblio
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Published: 07/20/2015 - 3:19pm Type of Content: Biblio
Published: 06/12/2014 - 10:49am Type of Content: Research Areas
Observing the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in the Laboratory

The Cindy Regal group is so skillful at using laser light to track the position of a tiny drum that researchers have been able to observe a limit imposed by the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. In one experiment, the researchers measured the motion of the drum by sending light back and forth through it many times. During this...

Published: 02/24/2015 - 2:47pm Type of Content: Book Chapters

Alice couldn’t wait to get back to Quantumland. She’d spent the better part of the past week helping Mother host three teas and two garden parties in honor of her newly engaged sister Mary. Alice thought planning a wedding was pretty boring compared to scoping out a strange, cold world filled with odd creatures like talking atoms (the tiniest particles of matter).

At last, she was able...

Published: 11/30/2016 - 11:15am Type of Content: Biblio
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Published: 08/14/2014 - 11:00am Type of Content: Book Chapters

On a bright, sunny day in Oxford, England, 10-year old Alice Dirac was a bit bored visiting her great, great, great grandmother Alice Liddell’s childhood home. She picked up a dusty old book about her namesake’s Adventures in Wonderland and soon nodded off.

The next thing she knew, Alice was awake outside the manor house watching a white rabbit disappear down a rather large rabbit hole...

Published: 04/21/2017 - 8:15am Type of Content: Biblio