James Thompson


Cameron joined the group in the spring of 2024 after graduating from Stanford University. There he worked with Prof. Monika Schleier-Smith to create arbitrary 2D optical potentials as well as arrays of blue detuned bottle beams using a spatial light modulator. Currently, he is working with strontium to build a continuous-wave superradiant laser.


Eliot joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher in the spring of 2024.  He completed his PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Institute in the group of Jan Thomsen and Jörg Helge Müller researching collective effects in strontium cavity QED systems on the kHz line, with a view towards metrology applications.  Previously, he has worked in the early stages of a ytterbium atom interferometry lab in Prof. Paul Hamilton’s group at UCLA and a strontium BEC experiment in Prof.


Chitose joined the group in Fall 2023 after graduating from Smith College. At Smith, she worked on precision spectroscopies on light elements with Prof. Will Raven. Before moving to Boulder, she spent half a year on a sub-tropical island in Japan, Okinawa, working with Prof. Hiroki Takahashi on building an integrated ion-cavity interface. She is currently working on a Rubidium matter-wave interferometer experiment, exploring squeezing and cavity mediated interactions inside a matter-wave interferometer.

Press Clipping: JILA and NIST Fellows Jun Ye and James Thompson highlighted in "Inside GNSS"

Submitted by kennac on Tue, 02/13/2024 - 1:18 pm

A recent article for Inside GNSS, a leading media outlet dedicated to global navigation satellite systems, spotlights a groundbreaking advancement in the realm of precision timekeeping done by JILA and NIST Fellows Jun Ye and James Thompson, who have set a new benchmark in the accuracy of optical atomic clocks, overcoming a fundamental challenge known as quantum projection noise (QPN).