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Published: 06-12-2018

JILA staff members Dave Alchenberger, Gwen Dickinson, and Hans Green celebrated their 25th anniversary with JILA last Thursday (7 June 2018). The anniversary celebration was annotated by fellow JILAns who have worked closely with the celebrated JILA staff.

JILA chair Tom Perkins began the event by succinctly describing how JILA staff members made research more enjoyable. “The staff lightens the load of the scientists,” said Perkins; “[the staff] gives us the capability to realize our...

Published: 06-04-2018

JILA Graduate Students Julia Cline and William Cairncross swept the student poster awards at DAMOP 2018.

The Topical Group on Precision Measurement and Fundamental Constants (GPMFC) hosts a student poster competition at the annual meeting for Division for Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics (DAMOP).

The competition has two categories: (1) Atomic Clocks and Sensors, and (2) Fundamental Constants, EDM’s and...

Published: 06-01-2018

JILA graduate student John Robinson won the Student Paper Competition at the 2018 IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium (IFCS).

Finalists for the Student Paper Competition were selected by abstracts, and final judgements were based on poster presentations. 

The competition was divided into six groups. Robinson was competing in the Optical Frequency Standards and Applications group....

Published: 05-30-2018

JILA Fellow and NIST Physicist Ralph Jimenez received the 2017 Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding public service as a Federal employee. Jimenez was one of 12 honorees across all parts of the Federal government to receive the Flemming Award this cycle. Jimenez was a winner in the Applied Science and Engineering category for his pioneering research on combining microfluidics, ultrafast lasers, biochemistry and molecular biology to...

Published: 05-22-2018

It was a busy week for recent CU Boulder graduate Benjamin (Ben) Saarel. 

Saarel, who for the past two years has worked as an undergraduate researcher in JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski's lab, graduated summa cum laude on 10 May 2018, earning his B. S. in Engineering Physics, and a minor in Computer Science. But that's not all. 

Saarel was named the Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Physics at his graduation. But that's not all. 

Saarel, an...

Published: 05-18-2018

JILA’s favorite degenerate, the Bose-Einstein Condensate, is headed on a new adventure this week.

The BEC is going to space.

BECs became a staple for measuring quantum phenomenon when they were experimentally realized in 1995 by JILA Fellows Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman, and by Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT.

To create BECs in space, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is launching CAL, a remotely operated Cold Atom Laboratory. At...

Published: 05-16-2018

JILA graduate, Dr. Jennifer (Jen) Wightman Harlow, died in a rockfall accident on May 14, 2018. She was 33.

Jen came to JILA in 2007 after earning her A.B. in physics from Harvard University.

As a graduate student, Jen studied ultrasensitive measurement at the limits imposed by quantum mechanics in the lab of Konrad Lehnert. She graduated with her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. Her thesis was entitlted, “Microwave Electromechanics: Measuring...

Published: 05-16-2018

William Patrick (Pat) McInerny passed away on May 4, 2018 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 77.

McInerny was the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Executive Officer for JILA from 1971 to 2003. He loved working at JILA, and managed all staff and finances while the institute developed much of the scientific reputation it enjoys today.

Pat was survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline McInerny, and their three children and seven grandchildren....

Published: 05-08-2018

JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski, and collaborator in the Lewandowski group Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, published an article on The Back Page of the 2018 May issue of APS News.

The article, entitled “Labs are necessary, and we need to invest in them”, reviews the potential benefits, current goals, and cultural opinion of undergraduate lab courses, before...

Published: 04-20-2018

Henry Kapteyn has been elected as a 2018 member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He joins some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts, including JILA Fellows David Nesbitt (2013), Margaret Murnane (2006), Eric Cornell (2005), and Carl Lineberger (1995), and such luminaries as Benjamin Franklin (1781), Alexander Hamilton (1791), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1864), Charles Darwin (1874), Albert Einstein (1924), and...

Published: 03-27-2018

Frequency combs, a JILA technology both pioneered and perfected by JILA Fellow and Nobel laureate John “Jan” Hall, have found yet another application: quantifying methane leaks as tiny as a quarter of a human exhalation from nearly a mile away.

The new equipment, created by CIRES, NOAA, CU Boulder and NIST scientists, ruggedized Hall’s laser technology. The scientists turned the frequency comb, which is usually at least an optics table wide and very sensitive to thermal...

Published: 03-14-2018

JILA Fellow Margaret Murnane was awarded the Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal on 14 March 2018 in Washington D.C., for her significant contribution to academia, research and industry.

Murnane’s many achievements include designing some of the fastest lasers in the world and creating table-top affordable X-ray lasers. Applications of both works advance the wider research community.

The SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science medal is ...

Published: 03-07-2018

JILA graduate student Robert Karl, Jr won the 2018 Karl Urbanek Best Student Paper award at SPIE Advanced Lithography

Karl is a graduate student in the Kapteyn-Murnane group at JILA. His paper was entitled, “Characterization and Imaging of Nanostructured Materials using Tabletop Extreme Ultraviolet Light Sources”. The award was presented by metrology, inspection, and process control for...

Published: 02-22-2018

JILA Fellow Jun Ye was named the 2018 winner of the I. I. Rabi Award by the IEEE Frequency Control Symposium. Ye was recognized “for the development of stabile, reproducible, and accurate atomic clocks based on optical lattices, and the use of those clocks to probe fundamental atomic interactions and quantum many-body systems.”

The award recognizes Ye’s sustained leadership in perfecting optical lattice atomic clocks...

Published: 12-13-2017

The Chinese Academy of Sciences announced on November 29, 2017 the election of JILA Fellow Jun Ye as a Foreign Member, China’s highest honor for foreign scientists:

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) promotes scientific and technological advances across the world. CAS includes a network of more than 100 research and development organizations across the world; three universities; and a traditional merit-...

Published: 12-13-2017

JILA and NIST Fellow Jun Ye was named the 2017 winner of the NIST Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, one of the top honors for the more than 1,600 scientific and technical NIST employees.

Jacob Rabinow was a prolific innovator working at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), the predecessor of NIST, receiving more than 200 patents for his inventions of mechanical, electrical and optical...

Published: 12-13-2017

Julie Bachinski was selected to receive NIST's 2017 Director's Award for Excellence in Administration from more than 1,000 administrative professionals working across NIST. Julie Bachinski is the Administrative Officer for the NIST Quantum Physics Division, the NIST part of JILA.

Bachinski is a crucial leader and contributor in JILA’s outstanding administrative and technical support...

Published: 11-16-2017

JILA Fellows Jun Ye and Deborah Jin (1968 to 2016) have been named Highly Cited Researchers for 2017 by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). 

The list of Highly Cited Researchers, published annually since 2014, recognizes scientists across the world with the greatest number (top 1%) of highly cited publications. The 2017 list covers the period from 2005 through 2015, and includes all categories of science. Ye and Jin are among 193 physicists across the world...

Published: 10-27-2017

The American Physical Society has bestowed its 2018 Excellence in Physics Education Award upon the PhET Interactive Simulations Team. The team includes Stanford University Professor Carl Wieman, PhET’s Founder and senior advisor; PhET Director Kathy Perkins (University of Colorado); Ariel Paul, Director of Development; Michael Dubson, Physics faculty, University of Colorado; Emily B. Moore, Director of Research and Accessibility, University of Colorado; and Sam Reid, Software Developer,...

Published: 10-26-2017

Marissa Weichman, a postdoc in the Ye group, has won the 2018 Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics.

The award recognizes Weichman’s dissertation study of slow photoelectron velocity-map imaging of cryo-cooled anions. This spectroscopy technique can be used to study the detailed vibrational and electronic structure of exotic neutral species, including radicals, clusters, and transition states of reactive surfaces. Weichman completed her dissertation in the...

Published: 10-23-2017

JILA graduate student Sarah Bromley won the Harry Lustig Award from the American Physical Society Four Corners Meeting. 

The Harry Lustig Award was established in 2015 to remember Lustig's academic achievements and strong commitment to support the work of physics students through APS. The award recognizes outstanding graduate-level research by individuals working in one of the four corner states (AZ, NM, CO, and Utah). 

The three finalists...

Published: 10-23-2017

The 5th annual JILA posterfest was a smashing success, thanks to the outstanding posters, as well as the snacks. 

The event, held this past Thursday, October 19, had 45 posters sharing the latest JILA research, from the very small (such as T. Thiele's,  "Toward Atomic Arrays Close to Nanoscopic Devices") to the very large (such as A. Zderic's "A Dynamical Instability in the Outer Solar System"). 

JILA's posterfest was full of discussion. Many students,...

Published: 10-18-2017

JILA and NRC postdoc Dr. David Jacobson was awarded the American Physical Society’s 2017 Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics. The thesis prize is awarded for outstanding quality and achievement in any area of experimental, computational, engineering, or theoretical biological physics. While JILA has had great success with the APS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics, now named after Debbie Jin, this is the...

Published: 10-13-2017

Fellow Thomas Perkins has been named a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for innovations in precision measurement of dynamic biological systems at the smallest scales. 

Perkins’s fellowship was recommended by the APS Division of Biological Physics. He is the first JILA Fellow to receive an APS fellowship through this division.

The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one-half a percent of the membership. Only seven...

Published: 10-06-2017

At the  CO-LABS' 2017 Governor's Awards for High Impact Research Thursday October 5, 2017, JILA Fellow Tom Perkins received a plaque commemorating his work described as New Twists in the Molecules of Life.

This year’s ninth annual event honored Colorado’s top scientists and engineers for projects that have had a significant impact on society.  “The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight are what makes Colorado a leader in innovation,” said...


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