We are an experimental atomic physics group using ultracold gases to probe exotic quantum phases of matter and many-body spin dynamics.


Lithium saturated absorption signal
2019 Oct 25

First doppler-free signal!

Late friday nights in the lab seem to yield the most results. Here is an oscilloscope trace of our first Doppler free saturated absorption spectroscopy signal. The broad peak is absorption due to all the lithium atoms (with a spread in velocities), while the narrow peaks are due only to atoms at rest along the direction of the laser beam.

Yun Da in the lab
2019 Oct 18

New Group Member

Yun Da is a second-year student interested in raspberry pi and microcontrollers, and will continue development of our laboratory monitoring system. Welcome!

Angela and Jingying in the lab
2019 Aug 31

New Lab Interns

Welcome to our newest members of the lab - Jingying Wang and Angela Gupta. They will be assisting with the construction of our lithium spectroscopy cell and measuring shifts of the resonance frequency due to collisions with inert gases.

Dikshant in the lab
2019 Aug 16

New Group Member

Dikshant is a first-year student interested in quantum physics. He will begin by building (classical) circuits and developing electronic tools for controlling equipment. Welcome!

Tabi with a completed vacuum chamber
2019 May 31

Bon Voyage, Tabi!

Tabi is leaving to spend some time in the UK, followed by a semester abroad. On her last day in the lab this year, we sealed up the spectroscopy vacuum chamber and pumped it down to just below \(10^{-4}\) Pa. Great work, and see you in 2020!

labsnacks box from Thorlabs
2019 May 14

First Labsnacks Box!

Our first order from Thorlabs arrived today. My initial excitement was dampened by the confusion of all the students: "Is this... American food?".

lab space ready for summer research
2019 May 13

Summer research begins

A warm welcome to the newest members of the lab: Tabitha, Rishav, and Devendra! This summer, they'll build some of the foundations of the lab infrastructure: lab monitoring sensors, experimental control software, and a vacuum chamber for saturated absorption spectroscopy.

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Positions available

Are you an undergrad interested in experimental physics? Are you a recent graduate looking for technical experience? Are you a recent Ph.D. with interest in a small-college environment? Positions are available for summer projects, research during the semester, capstones, research assistants, and postdocs.