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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

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.” 

Credit: Western Washington University
February 14, 2012 | People News

Charles Clark Gives Two Public Lectures

JQI Fellow and Co-Director Charles Clark recently gave a public lecture titled “Photon, Atom and Neutron: How Quantum Mechanics cracked the Nuclear Code" at the National University of Singapore. While attending the Annual AAAS Meeting, he gave a lecture titled “The Other World as Seen by Animals.” This talk is part of the Western Washington University Physics Department’s “Leaders in Their Field” series. Information on this lecture can be found at

February 14, 2012 | People News

Steven Olmschenk Joins Denison University

NRC Postdoctoral Fellow Steven Olmschenk will be joining the faculty at Denison University in August, 2012. 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.

December 7, 2011 | People News

Steve Rolston Elected AAAS Fellow

JQI Co-Director Steve Rolston has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Other JQI Fellows who are AAAS Fellows include Charles Clark, Paul Lett, Carl Williams, and Alex Dragt.

From Left to Right, JQI Fellows Gretchen Campbell, Charles Clark, William Phillips, and Glenn Solomon.
December 7, 2011 | People News

JQI Fellows Honored by National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Department of Commerce

Four Fellows of the Joint Quantum Institute were recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 2011 annual awards ceremonies.