Awards & Honors


Tim Langen awarded the Rudolf Kaiser Prize 2019 Dr. Tim Langen, former Ye postdoc and current research group leader at the University of Stuttgart (since 2017), has been awarded the Rudolf Kaiser Prize 2019.  The prize is among the most prestigious and highly endowed research awards for young researchers in Germany.  It is awarded annually to a young experimental physicist with extraordinary scientific achievements.  Dr. Langen receives the prize in recognition of his work on superfluidity and supersolidity of dipolar quantum gases, in particular the observation of a novel state of matter that combines the crystal order of a solid with the frictionless flow of a superfluid.  In further experiments, Dr. Langen focuses on cold dipolar molecules - more complex quantum objects made up of several atoms.  In these systems, many novel states of matter are expected to form, thus facilitating precise tests of fundamental physical laws.  Tim has studied physics in Mainz, Marseille, Paris and Vienna.  As a result of his innovative contributions to experimental quantum physics, he was awarded a fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which brought him to JILA.   Dr. Langen is endowed with a prize money of 35,000 euros.  Congratulations, Tim!
Shimon Kolkowitz was awarded a Packard Fellowship for 2019.   October 15, 2019 (Los Altos, CA) – Today, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced the 2019 class of Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering. This year’s class features 22 early-career scientists and engineers, who will each receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. A huge congratulations to Shimon Kolkowitz, former Research Associate in the Ye group, who was awarded one of these 22 Packard Fellowships for 2019!   The Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering are among the nation’s largest nongovernmental fellowships, designed to allow maximum flexibility in how the funding is used. Since 1988, this program has supported the blue-sky thinking of scientists and engineers with the belief that their research over time will lead to new discoveries that improve people’s lives and enhance our understanding of the universe.   Shimon is now a faculty member with the Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.   Optical atomic clocks are the most precise devices ever constructed by humankind. The Kolkowitz group is researching ways to harness this precision to shed light on some of the big open questions in physics, such as the nature of dark matter, and the connections between quantum mechanics and gravity.
Marissa Weichman Congratulations goes to Marissa Weichman, NIST NRC postdoctoral fellow, Ye group, for winning the poster prize at the recent Dynamics of Molecular Collisions conference.  The conference took place in Big Sky, Montana on July 7-12, 2019.  Of the 110 attendees, Marissa took the prize for her poster entitled "Rotationally-resolved direct absorption spectroscopy of cold buckminsterfullerene".  She took home $200 in prize money which was sponsored by CCS Chemistry and the Chinese Chemical Society.  Congrats on a job well done!
Thinh Bui Congratulations to Thinh Bui for winning the Molecular Physics Longuet-Higgins Early Career Researcher Prize for 2018!  From the nominations received, the panel of Editors chose his paper, "Spectral analyses of trans- and cis-DOCO transients via comb spectroscopy' in volume 116 (23-24) as the winning entry.  As part of winning first prize, Thinh is awarded US $1,000 and the opportunity to promote his paper on the Molecular Physics prize website.  There will be free access to his paper until 31 Dec 2021.  His Winner Profile will be on-line as well.  Congrats on this achievement!
Marit Fiechter won the award for the Dutch Best Bachelor's Thesis in Physics 2018!   Marit completed her bachelor's project, which is a 3 month project conducted at the end of an undergraduate degree in the Netherlands, when she was a visiting scientist in the Ye group from August to October 2018. An annual tradition is that during the FYSICA conference, the finals of the SPIN (Students of Physics in the Netherlands) bachelor contest are held.  This year this took place on April 5th at the Amsterdam Sciencepark.  Three physics students were selected to present their bachelor's project in a ten minute talk.  An important criterion for the jury was the ability of the finalists to convey their fascination for the subject and their enthusiasm for science, next to being strong content-wise.  Marit won the contest and she was awarded 500 euros, made available by the NNV (Dutch Society of Physics).  Congrats on her continuted success!
Anna McAuliffe Congratulations to Anna McAuliffe, undergraduate student in Jun Ye's cold OH molecule group, for winning first place poster prize at the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)!  Anna was participating in the regional conference at Utah State University in Logan, UT, January 18-20, 2019.  Multiple CUWiP conferences are held simultaneously across the country at 11 sites in the US and one in Canada.  The title of her poster was Cryogenic Hexapole Scheme for Hydroxyl Radical Deceleration.   Congrats, Anna! 


Sara Campbell Congratulations to former Ye group graduate student, Dr. Sara Campbell, for winning the 2018 APS Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on the world's most precise atomic clock!  Campbell's thesis, entitled "A Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock", detailed how the high densities of a degenerate Fermi gas held in an optical lattice could be used to prevent interaction shifts.  In this thesis, Campbell demonstrated an unprecedented level of atom-light coherence.  Sara is now studying phase contrast electron microscopy as a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley.  Earlier this month, Campbell was named a HHMI Hannah Gray Fellow.
Sara Campbell Congratulations to Dr. Sara Campbell for being selected as a finalist for the Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science (DLS) Dissertation Award competition for 2018!  She will give a talk focused on her thesis research during a special session at the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science meeting September 16-20, 2018 in Washington, DC.  This is the fifth year of the competition, and the pool of nominees was exceptionally strong.  As a finalist, she will also receive a travel grant of $750 from the APS Division of Laser Science.


Marissa Weichman Congratulations to Marissa Weichman, a postdoc in the Ye group, who has won the 2018 Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics.  The award recognizes Weichman’s dissertation study of slow photoelectron velocity-map imaging of cryo-cooled anions. Weichman completed her dissertation in the group of Dan Neumark at the University of California, Berkeley.  As the 2018 recipient, Weichman will present a talk on her thesis, “Slow Photoelectron Velocity-Map Imaging and Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy of Cryo-Cooled Molecular and Cluster Ions,” in the DCP Prize Session at the APS March Meeting.
Sarah Bromley Congratulations to Sarah Bromley, JILA graduate student, who won the Harry Lustig Award from the American Physical Society Four Corners Meeting.  The award recognizes outstanding graduate-level research by individuals working in one of the four corner states (AZ, NM, CO, and Utah). Bromley's presentation, entitlted “Probing Many-Body Physics in an Optical Lattice Clock”, detailed her research from the Ye lab at JILA. As the selected winner, Bromley will receive a $1000 stipend.
Bryce Bjork Congratulations to Bryce Bjork for his award of the 2017 Rao Prize at the 2017 International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy!  Bryce won one of three Rao Prizes for his talk entitled "Direct measurement of OD+CO->cis-DOCO, trans-DOCO, and D+CO2 branching kinetics using time-resolved frequency comb spectroscopy".  His prize will be presented at the June 2018 Symposium with the opportunity to serve as a judge in the 2018 Rao Prize competition.  Winners and their co-authors are also invited to submit to the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy articles that are based on the research described in their talks.  This prize usually signifies the beginning point of a young spectacular scientific career in the field of molecular spectroscopy - congrats on your exceptional talk!
Thinh Bui Congratulations goes to Thinh Bui who was recently awarded a prize for the best oral presentation by a student or postdoc at the 10th International Conference on Chemical Kinetics.  His presentation, 'Time-Resolved Frequency Comb Measurement of OD + CO Reaction Kinetics and Product Branching Yields' (Paper ID GPH025), won him a cheque for $250, provided by the International Journal on Chemical Kinetics, and a copy of 'Advances in Atmospheric Chemistry:  Vol 1'.  Congratulations on this Achievement!


Ed Marti, Shimon Kolkowitz, NRC Postdocs win an Outstanding Presentation Award for the presentation of the poster "Spin-Orbit Coupled Fermions in an Optical Clock" at the 2016 Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium held on July 20.  This recognition was shared between Ed Marti and Shimon Kolkowitz, who originally submitted the abstract as well as prepared the poster and a two-minute-two-slide synopsis of the work.  Marti did a great job with both the oral and poster presentations even though he had just one day's notice after family matters kept Dr. Kolkowitz from particpating in the conference. Marti's and Kolkowitz's co-authors on the poster were graduate students Sarah Bromley, Tobias Bothwell, and Andrew Koller; group collaborator Daniel Reed from the University of Birmingham; senior research associate Michael Wall; former research associate Xibo Zhang; and Fellows Ana Maria Rey and Jun Ye.    


Jun Ye was awarded a 2015 Presidential Rank Award. President Obama selected JILA Fellow Jun Ye of NIST's Quantum Physics Division citing Ye's work advancing "the frontier of light-matter interaction and focusing on precision measurement, quantum physics and ultracold matter, optical frequency metrology, and ultrafast science."
Lindsay Sonderhouse has won a coveted 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Sonderhouse plans to use her Fellowship in Physics and Astronomy:  Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics to build the best optical atomic clock in the world.  See News link:


Rees McNally received the award for the Outstanding Graduate for Research of the College of Engineering & Applied Science, December 2014.  The award winners will be recognized at the December 19,2014 Engineering Recognition Ceremony.
Craig Benko received the Outstanding Presentation award at the Boulder Laboratories 11th annual Postdoctoral Poster Symposium on June 18, 2014 with a presentation titled "Phase Coherent Extreme ULtraviolet Radiation," with co-authors Thomas K. Allison, Arman Cingoz, Linqiang Hua, Francois Labaye, Dylan C. Yost and Jun Ye.


Bryce Gadway received the Outstanding Presentation award at the Boulder Laboratories 10th annual  Postdoctoral Poster Symposium on July 17, 2013 with  a presentation titled “Realizing a Lattice Spin System with Ultracold Polar Molecules.” Gadway’s co-authors included co-presenter Jacob Covey as well as Bo Yan, Steve Moses, Kaden Hazzard, Ana Maria Rey, Deborah Jin, and Jun Ye. Covey was cited for doing a commendable job as a presenter.
Travis Nicholson won the competition for Best Student Paper at the joint symposium of the IEEE-International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS) and the European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF). Nicholson presented the latest results on the ultracold strontium clock.  NIST physicist and former JILAn Andrew Ludlow (Ye group) won a Young Scientist award at the same symposium.
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Matthew Hummon was recognized for an Outstanding Presentation at the Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium on July 18, 2012 for his presentation titled "Making a Magneto-Optical Trap for Polar Molecules," with co-authors Mark Yeo, Benjamin K. Stuhl, Alejandra Collopy, Yong Xia and Jun Ye.
Benjamin Stuhl was recognized for an Outstanding Presentation at the Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium on July 18, 2012 for his presentation titled "Evaporation of Magnetically Trapped Dipolar Molecules," with co-authors Mark Yeo, Matthew T. Hummon, Alejandra Collopy and Jun Ye.
Arman Cingoz, Dylan Yost and Tom Allison received the JILA Scientific Achievement Award for major advances towards high resolution spectroscopy in the extreme ultraviolet region (wavelength < 100 nm), January 2012.


Jun Ye is elected Director at Large of the Optical Society of America, October 2011.
Brian Neyenhuis, Steven Moses, and Amodsen Chotia win "outstanding presentation" at NIST's Boulder Labs Postdoctoral Poster Symposium on June 22, 2011. Presentation titled "Ultracold Polar KRb Molecules," with co-authors Amodsen Chotia, Steven Moses, Jun Ye and Deborah Jin.
Arman Cingoz was recognized for an Outstanding Presentation at the Boulder Laboratories Postdoctoral Poster Symposium on June 22, 2011 for his presentation titled "Power Scaling of Extreme Ultraviolet Frequency combs Beyond the 10 microwatt Level," with co-authors Thomas Allison, Dylan Yost, Axel Ruehl, Martin Fermann, Ingmar Hartl and Jun Ye.
Florian Adler wins the "Best Poster Award" in the "Future Leaders in Research Event" on June 15, 2011 at the University of Colorado Boulder Campus.
Jun Ye is elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, May 2011.
Jun Ye is selected as the 2011 Frew Fellow by the Australian Academy of Science.


Michael Bishof, Sebastian Blatt, Yige Lin, Michael Martin, and Matthew Swallows won the Sept. 2010 JILA Scientific Awards for research on suppression of collisional frequency shift in Sr optical clock.


Jun Ye gives two Named Lectures: Niels Bohr Lecture, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009; R. B. Woodward Lecture in Chemical Sciences/Physical Chemistry, Harvard University, 2009.
Dylan Yost won the Best Graduate Presentations Award in the American Physical Society Four Corners Meeting.
Brian Sawyer won the Fall 2009 CU Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Andrew D. Ludlow shared (with Javier von Stecher) this year's 2009 APS DAMOP (Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics) best AMO thesis prize for his work on Sr clock.
Jun Ye receives European Frequency and Time Forum (EFTF) Award, 2009.


Jun Ye is named a "Gordon and Betty Moore Distinguished Scholar", California Institute of Technology, 2008.
Benjamin Safdi receives the Outstanding Graduate for Research Award, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado, Boulder.


David Balslev Clausen receives the Danish Optical Society Junior Prize 2007.
Ben Lev (NRC Postdoctoral Fellow) receives Best Presentation Award, NIST 2007 postdoctoral poster session.
Benjamin Safdi wins both a 2007-2008 Astronaut Scholarship, given to undergraduate students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in their science or engineering major, and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, given to outstanding undergraduates in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science.
Jun Ye receives a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of lifetime achievements in research. As part of this award, Ye has been invited to spend up to a year working with colleagues at a research institution in Germany.
Jun Ye wins the 2007 Carl Zeiss Award for his outstanding applications of femtosecond frequency combs.
Jun Ye is awarded the American Physical Society's I. I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics for "advances in precision measurement, including techniques for stabilizing and measuring optical frequencies, controlling the phase of femtosecond laser pulses, and measuring molecular transitions."
Jun Ye is named Henri Sack Memorial Lecturer of Cornell University.


Jun Ye receives William F. Meggers Award from the Optical Society of America for developing innovative spectroscopic techniques based on femtosecond optical frequency combs.
Jun Ye is elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America.
Tanya Zelevinsky (NRC Postdoctoral Fellow) receives the Best Presentation Award, NIST 2006 postdoctoral poster session.
Jun Ye receives the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Samuel W. Stratton Award in recognition of his work on femtosecond comb technology, which merges time- and frequency-domain spectroscopic techniques. This new technology has laid the foundation for a new generation of optical atomic clocks.


Heather Lewandowski (NRC Postdoctoral Fellow) receives Best Presentation Award, NIST 2005 postdoctoral poster session.
Jun Ye wins first prize in the Technological Innovations category of the Young Scholars Competition at the October 2005 Amazing Light Symposium in Berkeley, California.
Jun Ye is elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Jun Ye receives Arthur S. Flemming Award (Scientific Category, US Federal Government).


Jun Ye is named as a Fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Jun Ye receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.


Jun Ye is selected as a Technology Review Magazine's TR100 Young Innovator.


Jun Ye receives a Gold Medal (Group) from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the co-development of the optical frequency comb.