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Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Measurement Division

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50.68.41.B1752 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Campbell, Gretchen Kathleen 301-405-0934
Lett, Paul David 301.975.6559
Phillips, William D. 301-975-6554
Porto, James V. 301.405.0854
Spielman, Ian B. 301.975.8664


We use laser-cooling and trapping of neutral atoms as the basis for a wide variety of applications to fundamental and practical problems. Our laboratory pioneered many of the key techniques used to create cold atomic gases, like deceleration of atomic beams, atom trapping, sub-Doppler cooling, optical lattices, etc. Today we use cold atomic gases, often quantum degenerate systems, to study a variety of applicatioins and phenomena including quantum information processing, quantum simulation, and quantum metrology. Our group is part of the Joint Quantum Institute and we have research on both the NIST-Gaithersburg and the University of Maryland-Colleg Park campuses. Our research benefits from strong collaborations with other experimentalists and theorists at NIST and the JQI, and internationally. A few examples of recent work are:

"A Rapidly Expanding Bose-Einstein Condensate: An Expanding Universe in the Lab,"  S. Eckel, A. Kumar, T. Jacobson, I. B. Spielman, and G. K. Campbell, Phys. Rev. X, 8, 021021 (2018).

"Dark State Optical Lattice with a Subwavelength Spatial Structure," Y. Wang, S. Subhankar, P. Bienias, M. Lacki, T-C. Tsui, M. A. Baranov, A. V. Gorshkov, P. Zoller,  J. V. Porto, and S. L. Rolston, Phys. Rev. Lett., 120, 083601 (2018).

"Spinor Dynamics in an Antiferromagnetic Spin-1 Thermal Bose Gas," H. K. Pechkis, J. P. Wrubel, A. Schwettmann, P. F. Griffin, R. Barnett, E. Tiesinga, and P. D. Lett, Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 025301 (2013).

Quantum Optics; Atom Optics; Cold Atoms; Cold Collisions; Quantum Technology; Quantum Measurement


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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