James Thompson


Vera is a postdoctoral research associate working on realising a continuous-wave superradiant laser using Strontium atoms in a high finesse ring cavity. She joined the lab in 2021 coming from the University of Oxford where she was working on trapped ion quantum computing.



Eric joined the lab in Spring 2022 after graduating from New York University Shanghai. At NYU, he worked on entangling BECs with Prof. Tim Byrnes, as well as phase transitions in the Vicsek model and Ising model with Prof. Paul Chaikin, Charles Newman and Daniel Stein. Currently he is working on simulating many-body physics with strontium atoms.



Zhijing joined the group in fall 2021 after graduating from Xi’an Jiaotong University. In the past, she worked on condensed matter experiments with Prof. Mengkun Liu at Stony Brook University as an exchange student. After that, she switched her interest to AMO physics and did a gap year in Prof. John Doyle’s group at Harvard University where she worked on laser cooling ytterbium hydroxide. She did her first year of graduate school remotely in China and worked in Prof. ‪Matthias Weidemüller’s group on Rydberg atoms at USTC.


Vanessa joined the lab in Fall 2019 after earning her MPhil from University of Cambridge. Her masters work with Ulrich Schneider focused on building an experiment to study many-body physics in systems with a kagome geometry. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore with Loh Huanqian on quantum simulation and with Murray Barrett on quantum metrology. She is currently working on the Rubidium experiment, which applies cavity-QED to study different phenomena such as matter-wave interferometry and momentum exchange physics. 


Matthew worked on the strontium superradiant laser experiment from fall 2013 until summer 2017. He was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in 2016! He majored in Engineering Physics, and successfully completed an honors research project on superradiant lasers and graduated in 2017. 


Elissa Picozzi was an REU student during the summer of 2014.  She developed a homodyne detector for next generation spin squeezing experiments.  She is currently a Junior at Whitman College. 


Steven Moses was an REU student during the summer of 2008.  He helped to build the microwave electronics used to precisely manipulate the quantum state of Rubidium atoms.  Steven returned to JILA/University of Colorado to pursue his PhD in physics.  He is close to completing his PhD degree on KRb mixtures in the group of Jin and Ye.


Katie was an REU student during the summer of 2012 when she worked to develop low noise photodiodes for spin squeezing experiments.  She is currently working toward her PhD in physics, having joined the group of Subhadeep Gupta at the University of Washington.