The June 2-6, 2014 meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) is one of the best showings of JQI research during the entire year. The... read more
Release from NIST Tech Beat, April 15, 2014
Three National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers were among those honored April 14, 2014, at a... read more
"Exploring Quantum Physics,” a massively open online course taught by JQI Fellows Victor Galitski and Charles Clark, begins its third edition on Monday, April 7. The course is available free,... read more
From CMNS at UMD
Three University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which... read more
At the March 2014 APS meeting in Denver, Ian Spielman gives his patented talk about the quantum spin Hall effect in cold atoms.
James R. Williams
James R. Williams is the newest JQI fellow, having arrived in March 2014. He is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Maryland, and his chief area of research is experimental condensed matter physics. Specifically, he specializes in understanding why certain one and two-dimensional materials (e.g. topological insulators, graphene) depart from normal conductivity provided by free electrons.
Jimmy, as he likes to be called, almost didn’t go to college. All he wanted to do was work on cars. His mother forced him to apply to one college, so he choose Santa Clara University where he previously attended a basketball camp. He majored in engineering, but his favorite courses involved physics, so he changed direction again. This is how he arrived at his chosen area of research.
Eventually he got a PhD from Harvard University in 2009 on the subject of grapheme, while studying under Charles M. Marcus. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford before coming to Maryland.
Alexey V. Gorshkov
Alexey Gorshkov is a JQI fellow and theoretical physicist at NIST. He grew up in Moscow until his parents brought him to Boston when he was in 10th grade. In high school, he was good at math, so that's what he was planning to do in college, but then math ended up being too dry. Physics offered a perfect alternative since it involved lots of interesting mathematics and grappled with problems related to real life.
He attended Harvard for his undergraduate and graduate degrees, obtaining a physics PhD in 2010 studying under Mikhail Lukin. After that he was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, working with John Preskill. He won numerous university teaching and research awards during these years.
His research is at the intersection of AMO physics, condensed matter physics, and quantum information science. He has authored dozens of papers and has a patent entitled: “Scalable Room Temperature Quantum Information Processor.”
Gretchen Campbell, Fellow
Campbell is a NIST JQI fellow and works in the Laser Cooling and Trapping group. In her atom circuits lab, reserachers probe Na BECs in toroidal traps. The goals of these experiments include studying superfluidity, as well as superfluid analogs to superconducting circuits. A second experiment with ultracold strontium is being built. She received a Ph.D from MIT in 2006, where she worked with Wolfgang Ketterle and Dave Pritchard. There, she used Rb BECs in optical lattices to study atom interferometry, nonlinear atom optics and the superfluid – Mott insulator phase transition. These experiments included the first direct observation of the atomic recoil momentum in dispersive media. More recently, she worked with Jun Ye on precision measurements and frequency metrology with an 87Sr optical lattice clock.
Stephen Powell, a former JQI postdoctoral fellow at CMTC, now works at the Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics or Nordita in Stockholm, Sweden. His research in the group of Sankar Das Sarma centered around strongly correlated systems with a specific focus on frustrated magnetism and ultracold gases. At Nordita, he will continue this line of research, which is at the meeting point of condensed matter and atomic physics. He will help organize the Nordita program “Pushing the boundaries with cold atoms,” to be held in early 2013. In talking of his postdoctoral experience he says, “Something I've particularly enjoyed about being at JQI is having close contact with various experimental groups here.”
NRC postdoctoral fellow Steven Olmschenk will be joining the faculty at Denison University located in Granville, Ohio. Steve was a graduate student in Chris Monroe’s Trapped Ion Quantum Information group. For the last few years he has been a postdoc in the NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. While at NIST he has worked on Trey Porto’s double-well optical lattice experiment. Upon moving to Dension he plans to build an ion trapping experiment.
Wes Campbell will join the faculty at UCLA in the fall, where he plans to build up a lab to study cold molecules and trapped ions. His cold molecule research is an outgrowth of the NSF Physics Frontier Center’s seed funding program, here at JQI. The seed funding program is a competitive opportunity for postdocs to apply for PFC funding to support an independent project. Since 2008, Wes has been doing research in Chris Monroe’s trapped ion quantum information group. Wes was instrumental in constructing an experiment that focuses on ultrafast gates with ions. During the last year he has also worked on quantum simulations of magnetism with ion chains.
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