JILA and NIST Fellow Adam Kaufman wins breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize

JILA and NIST Fellow Adam Kaufman wins breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize

Sept. 29, 2022

Physicist Adam Kaufman of both JILA and NIST has been awarded the 2023 New Horizons in Physics Prize from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation for his work in advancing the control of atoms and molecules to improve atomic clocks and quantum information processing.

Atom Computing to invest over $100M in new Boulder research, development facility

Atom Computing to invest over $100M in new Boulder research, development facility

Sept. 28, 2022

The latest Silicon Valley startup to expand into Colorado, and a CUbit Innovation Partner, Atom already has deep connections with CU Boulder. "It is extremely gratifying to see our recent CU graduates emerge as the early trailblazers of the rapidly growing quantum industry,” said JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye.

Clearing quantum traffic jams under the SU(n) of symmetric collisions

Clearing quantum traffic jams under the SU(n) of symmetric collisions

Sept. 15, 2022

In a new paper published in PRX Quantum, JILA and NIST Fellow Ana Maria Rey and her team of researchers proposed a new method for seeing the quantum effects enabled by SU(n) symmetry in current experimental conditions, something that has been historically challenging for physicists due to the extremely low temperatures such observations generally require.

 NSF funds new electron beam lithography system for quantum engineering, nanofabrication on Boulder campus

NSF funds new electron beam lithography system for quantum engineering, nanofabrication on Boulder campus

Sept. 7, 2022

A new industry-grade 100 kV electron beam writer (EBPG5150plus) will be the only open-access system of its type in Colorado when operational. The device will improve research around quantum engineering and could be a game-changer for interdisciplinary materials and device research in the region.

ColdQuanta acquires Chicago-based quantum startup Super.tech

ColdQuanta acquires Chicago-based quantum startup Super.tech

Aug. 25, 2022

The merger is addressing pressing needs in quantum research for CU Boulder spinout ColdQuanta—as well as the quantum industry. Both companies are affiliates of Q-NEXT, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Quantum Information Science Research Center led by Argonne National Laboratory.

Seeing quantum weirdness: Superposition, entanglement and tunneling

Seeing quantum weirdness: Superposition, entanglement and tunneling

Aug. 24, 2022

The “coherence” time of quantum systems is often measured in milliseconds. By implementing a new type of entangling operation based on Rydberg atoms, JILA Fellow Adam Kaufman and his team have created Bell states with high fidelity, demonstrating optical clock entanglement for up to four full seconds.

JILA and NIST researchers develop miniature lens for trapping atoms

JILA and NIST researchers develop miniature lens for trapping atoms

Aug. 1, 2022

JILA Fellow Cindy Regal and her team, along with researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have for the first time demonstrated that they can trap single atoms using a novel miniaturized version of “optical tweezers”—a system that grabs atoms using a laser beam as chopsticks.

Forbes: Department of Defense names Jun Ye one of nine 2022 Vannevar Bush Fellows

Forbes: Department of Defense names Jun Ye one of nine 2022 Vannevar Bush Fellows

July 27, 2022

As the DoD's most prestigious research award, the Vannevar Bush Fellowship is oriented towards "bold and ambitious ‘blue sky’ research that will lead to extraordinary outcomes." Fellows receive $3 million over a five-year fellowship term to pursue cutting-edge fundamental research projects.

Colorado’s quantum revolution: How scientists exploring a universe of tiny things are transforming the state into a new Silicon Valley

Colorado’s quantum revolution: How scientists exploring a universe of tiny things are transforming the state into a new Silicon Valley

June 28, 2022

“It’s amazing to see all these companies building off of Nobel Prize-winning research,” said Philip Makotyn, executive director of the CUbit Quantum Initiative, which connects quantum researchers and companies in Colorado. “It’s just a rich ecosystem that doesn't exist anywhere else.”

Connecting microwave and optical frequencies through the ground state of a micromechanical object

Connecting microwave and optical frequencies through the ground state of a micromechanical object

June 23, 2022

Systems that cool qubits are difficult to scale up in size, posing a challenge for long-distance quantum communication systems. To bypass this issue, JILA Fellows Cindy Regal, Konrad Lehnert and their teams have created a transducer that uses side-banded cooling to convert microwave photons to optical photons.

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