Latest News and Research
Latest News and Research
At the edge of a quantum gasJQI physicists observe skipping orbits in the quantum Hall regime
From NIST-PML--JQI scientists have achieved a major milestone in simulating the dynamics of condensed-matter systems – such as the behavior of charged particles in semiconductors and other materials – through manipulation of carefully controlled quantum-mechanical models.
Going beyond their pioneering experiments in 2009 (the creation of “... Continue Reading
Twisting NeutronsOrbital angular momentum of neutron waves can be controlled
- September 23, 2015
- Research News
It’s easy to contemplate the wave nature of light in common experience. White light passing through a prism spreads out into constituent colors; it diffracts from atmospheric moisture into a rainbow; light passing across a sharp edge or a diffraction grating creates an interference pattern. It’s harder to fathom the wave behavior of things usually thought of as particles, such as electrons... Continue Reading
JQI Physicists Show ‘Molecules’ Made of Light May Be Possible
From NIST TechBeat--It’s not lightsaber time, not yet. But a team including theoretical physicists from JQI and NIST has taken another step toward building objects out of photons, and the findings, recently published in Physical Review Letters, hint that weightless particles of light can be joined into a sort of “molecule” with its own peculiar force. Researchers show... Continue Reading
Strange Metallic BehaviorThe first 2-Way, 2-dim, Ultra-high Mobility Si (111) Transistor
- September 2, 2015
- Research News
The two-dimensional physical properties of semiconductor materials depend keenly on a number of factors, such as material purity, surface orientation, flatness, surface reconstruction, charge carrier polarity, and temperature. JQI (*) scientists have optimized a number of these parameters to produce the first ever ultra-high mobility, two-dimensional Si(111) transistor that allows charge... Continue Reading
Experimental quantum physics often resides in the coldest regimes found in the universe, where the lack of large thermal disturbances allows quantum effects to flourish. A key ingredient to these experiments is being able to measure just how cold the system of interest is. Laboratories that produce ultracold gas clouds have a simple and reliable method to do this: take pictures! The... Continue Reading
Using an electron to probe the tiny magnetic core of an atom
- August 11, 2015
- Research News
Precise information about the magnetic properties of nuclei is critical for studies of what’s known as the ‘weak force.’ While people do not feel this force in the same way they feel electricity or gravity, its effects are universal. The weak force allows stuff to become unglued and form new elements through decay—the sun, for example, is powered through deuterium fuel, which is generated via... Continue Reading
Interacting Ion QutritsEnlisting symmetry to protect quantum states from disruptions
In quantum mechanics, symmetry describes more than just the patterns that matter takes — it is used to classify the nature of quantum states. These states can be entangled, exhibiting peculiar connections that cannot be explained without the use of quantum physics. For some entangled states, the symmetry of these connections can offer a kind of protection against disruptions. Physicists are... Continue Reading
JQI Fellow and NIST Scientist Gretchen Campbell has recently been announced as the IUPAP 2015 Young Scientist Prize recipient in the field of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. The organization cited her "outstanding contributions in toroidal Bose-Einstein condensates and its application to "atomtronic" circuits."
The International... Continue Reading
Mary Lyon is originally from Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Bryn Mawr College, where she earned both her undergraduate degree in physics and a high school teaching certificate. Lyon originally planned to be a high school physics teacher, but discovered a love for research during a summer program at MIT the summer after her junior year. She briefly taught high school in Columbus, GA before going to graduate school at Brigham Young University, where she worked with Scott Bergeson on strongly coupled ultracold neutral plasmas. She is currently a JQI postdoctoral researcher in the group of Trey Porto and Steve Rolston where she is building a new quantum information experiment that will use an ensemble of cold Rydberg atoms.
Phil Richerme is a postdoc in Chris Monroe's Trapped Ion Quantum Information Group. He studies quantum magnetism using a well-controlled and well-isolated system of atomic ion spins, realizing Feynman's original proposal for a quantum simulator. These experiments probe the ground state and dynamical evolution of interacting spin systems, which are difficult (or impossible) for classical computers to calculate for even a few dozen spins. Phil received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2012, working with Gerald Gabrielse and the ATRAP collaboration at CERN to trap antihydrogen atoms for sensitive tests of CPT symmetry.
Ryan Barnett, a former JQI postdoctoral fellow at the Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC), is now a ‘Lecturer in Condensed Matter Theory’ (UK equivalent of assistant professor) at Imperial College in London. Ryan is a theoretical physicist interested in collective effects in ultracold atomic gases. While at the JQI his research focused on spinor condensates, non-equilibrium dynamics, and synthetic gauge fields. Much of his recent work at CMTC was motivated by ongoing experimental activities at the JQI.
Xiapeng Li is a JQI Postdoctoral Fellow working in CMTC. His research interest is primarily in quantum condensed matter. His work covers novel states of matter in both well-controlled ultracold atomic systems and in complex electronic materials. He has been have been studying a broad range of systems, such as atomic p-orbital systems in optical lattices, dipolar quantum gases, and complex oxides. Some of his current efforts focus on (1) emergent spin orbital couplings and gauge fields in spinor Bose gases and Bose-Fermi mixtures as well as (2) band crossing and multi-orbital superconductivity, spin spirals and skyrmions in oxides and heterostructures. Li received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was an undergraduate at the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China.
Former NRC postdoctoral fellow Steven Olmschenk is currently faculty at Denison University located in Granville, Ohio. Steve was a graduate student in Chris Monroe’s Trapped Ion Quantum Information group and then a postdoc in the NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. While at NIST he worked on Trey Porto’s double-well optical lattice experiment. At Dension he has a group researching physics at the interface of quantum optics and trapped atomic ions http://personal.denison.edu/~olmschenks/.
Michael Foss-Feig is a JQI postdoctoral scientist. As an undergraduate at Amherst College, Michael performed some experimental work in solid-state physics with professor Jonathan Friedman. But, when it came time to write a dissertation, he decided he wanted to try working on theoretical problems instead. Later he went to the University of Colorado where he received a physics PhD in October 2012. His thesis, prepared under the supervision of Ana Maria Rey, was entitled “Quantum simulation of many-body physics with neutral atoms, molecules and ions.” This work earned him the DAMOP Thesis Prize in June 2013.
Now a NRC postdoctoral fellow at NIST working under Charles Clark, Michael’s interests are centered around many-body physics with ultracold atomic, molecular, and optical systems. He also studies long-range interacting systems, such as trapped ions, ultracold dipolar molecules, and Rydberg atoms. What does he do outside working hours? “Mostly rock climbing, cooking, and auto repair---the last two out of defiance since, as a theorist, nobody thinks I should be able to do anything useful.”
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