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  • Henry Kapteyn, Margaret Murnane, and Dana Anderson Capture CU-Boulder Technology Transfer Awards | JILA-PFC
    C Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane Inventors of the Year at CU Boulder The University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office TTO presented awards to Henry C Kapteyn Margaret Murnane and Dana Anderson on April 24 for representing the spirit of innovation at CU Boulder and best practices in commercialization of university technologies according to a press release issued by TTO on April 21 TTO recognized Henry C Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane as its Inventors of the Year CU Boulder The two researchers are Fellows of JILA and physics professors at CU Boulder Their joint group develops ultrafast lasers including devices that produce coherent laser like x ray beams These technologies have applications in research on natural processes and in the visualization of nanoscale processes important for the development of nano devices In 1994 Kapteyn and Murnane founded KMLabs to commercialize their ultrafast lasers and make them available to academic and industry researchers Recently they have sold their devices to companies developing technologies such as micromachining TTO also recognized Cold Quanta co founded by Fellow Dana Anderson as Boulder Company of the Year ColdQuanta manufactures cutting edge cold and ultracold atom technologies These technologies incorporate Bose Einstein condensates a new form of

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  • Cindy Regal Receives 2014 Cottrell Scholars Award | JILA-PFC
    Outreach Partnerships in Informal Science Education in the Community PISEC Education Research Community Outreach News Research Highlights Center News JILA PFC Search form Search Advanced Other JILA Sites JILA Home Cindy Regal Receives 2014 Cottrell Scholars Award Back to News Published 02 20 2014 Cindy Regal Photo credit Brad Baxley JILA Cindy Regal has been selected to receive a 2014 Cottrell Scholars Award from the Research Corporation for Science and

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  • Deborah Jin Awarded Comstock Prize in Physics | JILA-PFC
    Advanced Other JILA Sites JILA Home Deborah Jin Awarded Comstock Prize in Physics Back to News Published 01 16 2014 Deborah Jin Deborah Jin has been awarded the 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics by the National Academy of Sciences The Comstock Prize recognizes an innovative discovery by a North American resident in the fields of electricity magnetism or radiant energy Jin received this year s Comstock Prize for demonstrating quantum degeneracy and the formation of a molecular Bose Einstein condensate in ultracold fermionic atoms gases and for pioneering work in polar molecular quantum chemistry The honor includes a 25 000 prize and an additional 25 000 to support the recipient s research We are delighted that Debbie s world leadership in ultracold atoms and molecules has been recognized with this major award said Tom O Brian Chief of the Quantum Physics Division the NIST part of JILA Jin will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington DC on Sunday April 27 2014 during the Academy s annual meeting Jin was elected in 2005 to membership in the Academy one of the youngest women to be elected to this leading organization of prestigious scientists However all North American residents are

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  • Center News | JILA-PFC
    from 8 to 17 and their parents all about the wonders of science In 1994 he took over as director of the CU Wizards program and has greatly expanded the range of scientific topics The annual Pacesetter Award has been presented by the publisher and editor of the Daily Camera for twenty seven years to awardees in ten categories of community service and achievement From the Daily Camera presenters David has been instrumental in inspiring Boulder s youngsters to learn more about how things work It doesn t hurt that he engages his audience in fun and exciting events that often possess a tiny hint of danger The Pacesetter Awards presentation and luncheon is being held at 11 30 a m on Tuesday August 27 2013 at the Millenium Harvest House hotel For more information about attending please see the Pacesetter awards link James Thompson Awarded Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Published 08 07 2013 James Thompson has been named the winner of a 2013 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his work on pioneering superradiant lasers The superradiant laser is a quantum device that emits coherent lasing photons The DoC Bronze Medal is the highest honor the NIST Director can bestow upon NIST staff for outstanding accomplishments The Bronze Medal citation reads For pioneering the development of an entirely new form of laser vastly improving stability for a broad range of precision measurement and research Thompson will be honored at the NIST Annual Awards ceremony in Gaithersburg Maryland The ceremony is tentatively planned for December 4 2013 NIST s Quantum Physics Division will provide travel expenses for Thompson and a guest to the Gaithersburg event The Boulder Laboratories are also planning to host a local awards ceremony in early December Ana Maria Rey Wins Great Minds in STEM Most Promising Scientist Award Published 08 01 2013 Theorist Ana Maria Rey has been given the 2013 Great Minds in STEM Most Promising Scientist Award The honor is also known as the HENAAC Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference Award The Most Promising Scientist Award is an early career award for Hispanic American researchers Rey is a top young AMO theorist who has made important contributions to NIST and JILA in the fields of ultracold atoms ultracold molecules atomic clocks quantum information and other areas Rey and her group often get directly involved in planning the details of experiments Their work has made possible many breakthroughs in AMO physics precision measurement and quantum simulation The Rey group is well known for its insightful suggestions for improving laboratory experiments Rey came to JILA in 2008 as a Columbian citizen with the intention of becoming a NIST employee when she receives U S citizenship within the next couple of years She is currently an employee of the University of Colorado and a NIST associate Rey will receive the award at the 25 th annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference which will be held October 3 5 in New Orleans Henry Kapteyn Elected as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences Published 04 30 2013 Henry Kapteyn has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences the academy announced on April 30 2013 Kapteyn joins seven other members of the JILA faculty as members of the academy They include John Hall 1984 Carl Wieman 1995 Eric Cornell 2000 Margaret Murnane 2004 Deborah Jin 2005 and Jun Ye 2011 NIST Nobel Laureate Dave Wineland and CU Physics Professors Noel Clark and John Wahr are also academy members Kapteyn s research interests include the development of new light sources at short wavelengths and their use in studies of dynamic processes in material and chemical systems Kapteyn recently developed high energy ultrashort pulse laser technology in collaboration with Margaret Murnane The new technology makes it possible to generate coherent extreme ultraviolet and soft x ray bursts of femtosecond and attosecond duration The Kapteyn Murnane group invented the first sub 10 femtosecond modelocked Ti sapphire laser that is now a standard fixture in thousands of laboratories around the world The group also developed technologies to amplify very short pulses to high peak powers These new technologies have been adopted worldwide for multiple applications in science and technology They have been commercialized through a Boulder Colorado spin off company KMLabs Inc Professor Kapteyn serves as CEO of KMLabs Additional recognition of Kapteyn s accomplishments include the Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology the Arthur L Schawlow Prize the R W Wood Prize and the Willis E Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics Kapteyn was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 David Nesbitt Elected as 2013 Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Published 04 24 2013 David Nesbitt has been elected as a 2013 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 Carl Lineberger Eric Cornell Margaret Murnane and Deborah Jin Fellow emeritus Carl Wieman and such luminaries as George Washington Benjamin Franklin Daniel Webster Ralph Waldo Emerson Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill Our deepest congratulations go out to David from all of JILA for his recognition by the academy said JILA Chair Murray Holland David has made seminal contributions to diverse fields of both chemistry and physics including laser spectroscopy gas phase reaction dynamics nanomaterials and single molecule biophysics His election to this prestigious honorary society is well deserved The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Class of 2013 also includes Bruce Springsteen Robert DeNiro Annie Dillard Pete Seeger Herbie Hancock Sally Field Rene Fleming John Glenn and 2012 Nobel Laureate Dave Wineland of NIST Boulder Nesbitt joins one of the nation s most prestigious organizations which is also a leading center for independent policy research Its members make contributions to science and technology policy energy and global security social policy and American institutions and the humanities arts and education Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good said Academy President Leslie C Berlowitz We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day Margaret Murnane Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy Published 04 17 2013 Margaret Murnane was elected an Honory Member of the Royal Irish Academy in March of 2013 She was nominated for the honor by Professor Eugene Kennedy MRIA and Professor Luke Drury MRIA Murnane is a Fellow of JILA and a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder The Royal Irish Academy was founded in 1785 for the advancement of learning and scholarship in Ireland The Academy s modern mission is faithful to its founding charter This all Ireland institution promotes excellence in scholarship recognizes achievements in learning and undertakes its own research projects particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage The Academy is looking forward to Murnane s participation and involvement in its mission Deborah Jin to be honored as 2013 L Oréal UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America Published 03 26 2013 On Thursday March 28 Deborah Jin will be honored in a ceremony at the Sorbonne in Paris as the 2013 L Oréal UNESCO Awards Laureate for North America as part of the L Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science program One of five 2013 regional laureates she was cited for being the first scientist in the world to create near absolute zero temperature potassium rubidium KRb molecules that allow her and colleagues to slow chemical reactions down in order to see what goes on during molecular processes Dr Jin explained to L Oréal UNESCO Finding ways to use new knowledge coming from this field could potentially transform society The study of ultra cold molecules could lead to new precision measurement tools new methods for quantum computing and help us better understand materials that are essential to technology Since its founding in 1998 the L Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science program has honored 77 Award Laureates and more than 1 652 Fellows women working across the spectrum of research For more background please see Deborah Jin Wins L Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science Award October 19 2012 JILA Scientific Communications Steve Cundiff Wins Silver Medal for JILA s New X Wing Published 10 22 2012 Steve Cundiff will receive a Silver Medal from the U S Department of Commerce for his leadership of JILA s X Wing project at an award ceremony to be held in Washington D C on January 8 2013 He is also being honored for this achievement during the 40 th annual NIST Awards Ceremony at NIST in Gaithersburg Maryland on December 5 2012 JILA is the joint research institute between NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder For 50 years JILA has been a world leader in measurement science research and education of scientists who have become leaders in metrology innovation education and national policy Before Cundiff was able to secure support for the new building JILA s aging facilities were increasingly unable to provide the control of vibration temperature humidity and air cleanliness required for a world class research and measurement science The existing JILA facilities also were filled to overflowing barely able to accommodate the existing experiments and people with no room for growth And while the success of JILA research and teaching relies on close collaborations among people from diverse scientific backgrounds the old facilities didn t encourage the informal collaborations and productive collisions that spark new ideas Today Cundiff is being recognized for his initiative and sustained leadership in envisioning and then seeing through to completion of the JILA X Wing Laboratory a 35 M advanced research and teaching laboratory This unique facility will benefit the nation through mission critical advances in measurement science according to the citation for the Silver Medal Thanks to Cundiff s leadership in a team of NIST CU and private sector partners the JILA X Wing provides world class research and teaching lab facilities provides room for JILA to grow and is a model for space that encourages collaboration and interaction After learning he had won the Silver Medal Cundiff recapped the 12 year history of efforts to get more space for JILA The idea for a new JILA building was first raised by Jim Faller in 2000 but failed to get traction Five years later after Cundiff had become Chief of NIST s Quantum Physics Division QPD he ran the idea by NIST Director Bill Jeffrey Jeffrey was sufficiently receptive to the idea that Cundiff returned to JILA to ask the Fellows if they wanted to pursue the idea A majority favored the new building Then the real work began The vision funding design and construction of the X Wing required a collaboration among NIST scientists and senior NIST management CU faculty and senior leadership NIST and CU facilities management and staff Congressional and Administration funders architects engineers and construction contractors Dr Cundiff was crucial to the success of this complex partnership leading the team to overcome many barriers including potential problems with funding as the U S economy soured the need for major design changes required by CU architectural standards the need to coordinate with other CU organizations as the X Wing was constructed in a very tight space immediately surrounded by other CU departments and the need to coordinate CU NIST and private sector partners all operating under different constraints wrote current QPD Chief Tom O Brian in his nomination letter for the medal All this planning came to fruition in May of 2010 with ground breaking for the X Wing During construction Cundiff and JILA staffer Doug Johnson worked tirelessly to keep things on track for building occupancy in early 2012 During the construction Steve was conscious of my research needs says Jun Ye I run a complex lab where we push the frontiers of measurement science Steve worked to make sure my research was left mostly intact When I mentioned a problem to Steve during the construction he took care of it I m grateful for that Otherwise I would have been out of business for a year and a half while the new building was under construction In addition to building new labs and protecting old ones Cundiff succeeded in opening up the entire new wing to daylighting via a large skylight and wide central staircase enclosed by half walls of glass Even the basement receives daylighting from this arrangement for about three weeks a year around the summer solstice The wide staircase makes it possible for our new collaborative spaces to span multiple floors says Cundiff JILA scientists visitors postdocs graduate students and undergraduate students stop and interact with each other on a regular basis The building provides more than the opportunity for creative collaborations however It is technically the most complicated building ever built on the CU campus The advanced lab support systems and the new larger clean room are the best money can buy So far the advanced systems in the labs are working as designed My new lab is ten times less dusty than my old lab Ye said The temperature is more stable It s cleaner and quieter with less vibration noise The improvements in the new cold molecule research lab mean that JILA is set to become the world center for research on ultracold molecules Cundiff is proud the new X Wing is supporting this exciting development Asked how he felt about winning a Silver Medal for his efforts Cundiff turned reflective for a moment I realized I learned a lot doing this project from the very beginning but I ll never use it I ll never do it again Since the completion of the building Cundiff s full attention is once more on his research into the nature of light and its interactions with semiconductors and other materials At JILA we re glad Steve Cundiff took a side trip into the world of high tech building construction We think he earned that medal Eric Cornell wins Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for molecular spectroscopy Published 09 06 2012 Eric Cornell has won the Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for molecular spectroscopy from the Ioannes Markus Marci Spectroscopic Society of the Czech Republic The award recognizes Cornell s work in collaboration with Jun Ye in the search for the electric dipole moment of the electron Cindy Regal Matt Squires Wen Li and Ian Coddington Win Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers Published 07 24 2012 Fellow Cindy Regal recent JILA grad Matthew Squires Anderson group Ph D 2008 former postdoc Wen Li Kapteyn Murnane group and JILA grad Ian Coddington Cornell group Ph D 2004 have received prestigeous Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers according to a White House press release issued July 23 Each award is for 1 million over 5 years Regal was honored for her discovery of pairing and condensation in a Fermi gas of atoms and broad contributions to the realization of laser cooled nano mechanical resonators She was also cited for her service as a mentor and role model for women in physics and for her numerous guest lectures to both domestic and international audiences Her award was funded by the Department of Defense Li s and Squires awards were also funded by the Department of Defense Li is assistant professor of chemistry at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan He uses ultrafast lasers to investigate the motion of nuclei and electrons during chemical reactions Squires is a member of the Air Force Research Laboratory Department of the Air Force and works at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque New Mexico Coddington a physicist in NIST s Quantum Electronics and Photonics Division was cited for developing spectroscopic measurement tools based on optical fibers and frequency combs These tools enable accurate detection of airborne chemicals and long distance measurements with nanometer precision He was also feted for his contributions to early child development and science enrichment programs Award recipients are employed or funded by the following departments and agencies Department of Agriculture Department of Commerce Department of Defense Department of Education Department of Energy Department of Health and Human Services Department of the Interior Department of Veteran Affairs Environmental Protection Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation The departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies missions The awards established by President Clinton in 1996 are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership public education or community outreach Ana Maria Rey selected as APS Woman Physicist of the Month Published 06 06 2012 Fellow Ana Maria Rey is Woman Physicist of the Month for June Rey is theorist working on many complicated problems in Atomic Molecular and Optical AMO Physics She is well known for her collaborations at JILA with experimentalists Deborah Jin and Jun Ye as well as theorist Murray Holland CU theorists Victor Guarie and Michael Hermele and physicists at institutions in the United States and abroad Dr Rey joined JILA and the University of Colorado Physics Department at Boulder in 2008 For more information on her accomplishments please visit the APS Woman Physicist of the Month website Margaret Murnane appointed chairman of President s Committee on the National Medal of Science Published 01 03 2012 President Barack Obama will appoint Dr Margaret Murnane for Chairman President s Committee on the National Medal of Science according

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  • Center News | JILA-PFC
    The board sets policy for the National Science Foundation and serves as a key advisory organization to the President and Congress on science engineering and education Lineberger s nomination will take place soon He will then be considered for confirmation by the U S Senate Dr Lineberger s willingness to take on this challenge is a great opportunity for science in the United States said Thomas O Brian chief of the National Institute of Standards and Technology s NIST s Quantum Physics Division In addition to Lineberger s remarkable scientific career he has a long and highly effective history of leading and serving on national science policy organizations Lineberger is the E U Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder UCB and a Fellow of JILA a joint institute of UCB and NIST He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences He serves on the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council NRC and the NRC Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space In the past Dr Lineberger has chaired the National Science Foundation Advisory Committees on Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Science and Technology Centers the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee and the NAS NRC Commission on Physical Sciences Mathematics and Applications He recently completed service on the National Academy of Sciences Council the NAS NRC Committee on Science Engineering and Public Policy and the NRC Governing Board Dr Lineberger earned his bachelor s master s and doctoral degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology JILA s AMO Physics Center Key Part of Top Rated Graduate Program Published 03 16 2011 The Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics program at the University of Colorado Boulder tied for first place with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U S News World Report s 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools Other high ranking CU graduate schools are listed in the Boulder Daily Camera Jun Ye wins 2011 Frew Fellowship Published 02 03 2011 Jun Ye has been selected as the 2011 Frew Fellow by the Australian Academy of Science Ye will present the Frew Lecture at the Australasian Conference on Optics Lasers and Spectroscopy ACOLS which is incorporated in the International Electronic Conference CLEO Pacific Rim 2011 meeting to be held in Sydney Australia from August 29 to September 1 2011 In addition to presenting the Frew lecture on a topic of his choice Ye will visit universities and research institutions in different Australian cities The Frew Fellowship is made possible by a gift to the Australian Academy of Science from Geoffrey Frew who founded Australia s first major atomic absorption company Techtron The company is now Varian Techtron Eric Cornell Featured in Physics World Profile Published 12 17 2010 A nice profile of Eric Cornell appeared in the December 2010 issue of Physics World Read it here Cindy Regal is CU s first Clare Boothe Luce Professor Published 10 13

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  • Sky Clocks and the World of Tomorrow | JILA-PFC
    single global superclock or world clock The world clock is delivering the most precise timekeeping in all of human history to every member nation regardless of politics alliances or behavior on the ground Moreover the world clock itself is virtually immune to sabotage and can peer under the surface of the Earth to uncover its detailed composition or out into space to reveal a better understanding of fundamental physical principles such as quantum mechanics and gravity Welcome to quantum timekeeping in the world of tomorrow The necessary ingredient in the design of a world clock is quantum entanglement Entanglement is what Albert Einstein called spooky action at a distance In a world clock the atoms in each orbiting clock would not only be entangled with each other but also with the atoms in the other clocks What this means is that when something happens to a single atom in this global timekeeping system all the other atoms in all the clocks would respond The result would be global timekeeping with unprecedented accuracy and precision limited only by the laws of quantum mechanics themselves What s more by combining the intricately structured clock network with basic techniques of quantum communication the world clock would be secure from both internal and external threats Security measures would include preventing nonmember states from eavesdropping on the clock signals and a carefully honed quantum based strategy for detecting sabotage of individual clocks by member nations Sabotage would immediately result in the rogue nation being disconnected from the world clock This would be a serious penalty since the world clock s primary function would be to control the maintenance and synchronization of national time standards in real time The national time standards in turn are necessary for the control of electric grids global commerce and stock

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  • The Long and the Short of Soft X-rays | JILA-PFC
    bright beams of soft x rays with all their punch packed into isolated ultrashort bursts And all this takes place in a tabletop size apparatus The soft x rays bursts have pulse durations measured in tens to hundreds of attoseconds 10 18 s Until now attosecond pulses were limited to the extreme ultraviolet XUV region of the spectrum However these XUV attosecond pulses don t penetrate most materials liquids and complex molecular systems In contrast soft x ray attosecond pulses can penetrate many materials and liquids Hence they promise to expand the field of attosecond science Because attosecond soft x ray bursts can now be readily made in a research laboratory they will open the door to observing the intricate dance of electrons inside atoms molecules liquids and materials A report of the generation of the first attosecond soft x ray bursts appeared online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA May 21 2014 The international team of researchers responsible for this feat included Ming Chang Chen National Tsing Hua University graduate students Chris Mancuso Ben Galloway and Dimitar Popmintchev research associates Carlos Hernádez Garcia and Franklin Dollar as well as Pei Chi Huang National Tsing Hua University Barry Walker University of Delaware Luis Plaja Universidad de Salamanca Fellows Andreas Becker Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn and senior research associates Agnieszka Jaroń Becker and Tenio Popmintchev Theorists and experimentalists working together hand in hand were able to learn to create bursts of attosecond soft x rays via high harmonic generation which has been used extensively and effectively by the Kapteyn Murnane group In high harmonic generation x rays are produced when electrons are first plucked from argon atoms by a mid IR laser and then smashed back into their parent ions when the oscillating field of the

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