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JQI and PFC scientists go places. They travel around the world to talk about quantum information. JQI graduate students and postdoctoral scientists move on to other institutions, often expanding quantum research. Read about this and more in People News. To submit items, email

May 8, 2012 | People News

Jacob Taylor announced as finalist for 2012 Service to America Medal

The nomination specifically cites Taylor’s theoretical research efforts that relate to medical imaging and information transfer protocols.

May 3, 2012 | Outreach | People News

Maryland Day 2012

The Joint Quantum Institute participated in the annual Maryland Day event on April 28, 2012. Every year tens of thousands of visitors flock to UMD to learn about the university and its’ affiliates. This year, in spite of the cool weather and occasional rain, MD day attracted about 65,000 people. The JQI presented three demos on the lawn outside of the Physics Building. JQI thanks all the volunteers that made this event possible!

Photo Credit: E. Edwards, G. Porter, and A. Manning
May 3, 2012 | Outreach | People News

USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012

JQI partnered with NIST for the three day festival, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. The booth offered visitors fun demos on the Meissner effect, chemistry with dry ice, and other exciting activities. Scientific organizations, both public and private, gathered in the nearly one million square foot space in the lower levels of the convention center. JQI thanks all the NIST and UMD volunteers that made this event a success!

May 3, 2012 | Outreach | People News

Steve Rolston speaks at the DC Science Café

Back in February, Steve Rolston gave a public lecture to a standing-room-only audience at the DC Science Café. The event was held at Busboys and Poets restaurant. Following a 20 minute introduction to the subject, Rolston led an hour-long lively discussion with topics ranging from practical uses of quantum information to deeper foundational issues. The restaurant hosts these public café events monthly, organized through the DC Science Writers Association, with partial support from the Physics Frontier Center at JQI.

April 24, 2012 | People News

Kai Sun to join faculty at University of Michigan

Postdoctoral fellow Kai Sun has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Kai received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, he has been working on various projects in the Condensed Matter Theory Center. His research interests include topological matter, strongly correlated systems, critical phenomena, and exotic phases in ultracold gases.

April 24, 2012 | People News

JQI Publication selected for Nature Photonics “Research Highlights”

Jake Taylor and colleagues from Harvard University and the Niels Bohr Insitute published a paper in Physical Review Letters that was subsequently highlighted by Nature Photonics. The paper was selected for the "Optomechanics" category and is titled "Laser Cooling and Optical Detection of Excitations in a LC Electrical Circuit."

March 6, 2012 | People News

JQI Theoretical Postdoctoral Fellowship Awarded

Stefan Natu from Cornell University has recently been awarded the JQI Theoretical Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Charles Clark speaking at the session. Photo Credit: Tsinghua University
March 3, 2012 | People News

Quantum information at the AAAS meeting

The annual AAAS meeting was held this last month in Vancouver, Canada. JQI Fellow and Co-Director Steven Rolston was among the five UMD physics faculty to be named AAAS Fellows. Charles Clark, JQI Co-Director, organized and spoke at a session covering Quantum Information. The Economist ran a story highlighting the quantum-related topics at the meeting.

 Satyan Bhongale and Paul Julienne: Bond Order Solid of Dipolar Fermions
February 29, 2012 | People News

NIST Sigma Xi Postdoctoral Poster Presentation

On February 22, 2012 the 19th Annual NIST Sigma Xi Postdoctoral Poster Presentation took place in Gaithersburg, MD. Over forty JQI affiliates were coauthors of posters presented there. Awards were given for "Most Outstanding Poster" in the different subject categories.

March APS meeting devoted to quantum simulations. From left to right: Invited speakers Ian Spielman (JQI) and Rainer Blatt (IQOQI, Innsbruck), and session moderator Marcus Greiner (CUA-Harvard). JQI scientist Mohammad Hafezi also delivered an invited talk at this session. Photo Credit: Phillip F. Schewe
February 14, 2012 | People News

March Meeting 2012

March Meeting 2012 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts from Feb. 27-Mar. 2. This is the largest physics meeting in the world. Many from JQI will attend, giving a total of 30 research presentations, which primarily focus on quantum aspects of condensed matter research. JQI Fellow and Nobel Laureate Bill Phillips will give a talk titled “Ultracold, trapped atomic gases as material systems,” during the Kavli Foundation Special Session on “Emergent Physics at the Mesoscale.”