Associate Professor • JILA Fellow


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MSE Areas: Phononic metamaterials, optical metamaterials, precision optical substrates and thin films, quantum networking, quantum computing, novel imaging, interferometry, magnetometry, strained thin films, micromechanical devices.

Our research group creates and studies quantum devices that explore the frontiers of control in atomic, optical, and mesoscopic physics. We laser cool the vibrations of mechanical objects that can measure displacements and extremely small forces at quantum limits. We are able to entangle and interfere single atoms placed atom-by-atom in identical quantum states. Our work will enable transduction between disparate quantum systems and exploration of quantum many-body physics. 

Selected Publications

Spin detection with a micromechanical trampoline: Towards magnetic resonance microscopy harnessing cavity optomechanics, R. Fischer, D. P. McNally, C. Reeetz, G. G. T. Assumpcao, T. R. Knief, Y. Lin, C. A. Regal, New J. Phys. 21, 043049 (2019). DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/ab117a

Harnessing electro-optic correlations in an efficient mechanical converter, A. P. Higginbotham, P. S. Burns, M. D. Urmey, R. W. Peterson, N. S. Kampel, B. M. Brubaker, G. Smith, K. W. Lehnert, C. A. Regal, Nature Physics 14, 1038 (2018).  DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0210-0

Observation of Radiation Pressure Shot Noise on a Macroscopic Object, T. P. Purdy, R. W. Peterson, C. A. Regal, Science 339, 801 (2013).  DOI: 10.1126/science.1231282