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Published: 01-07-2019

Zetong Xue, a JILA undergraduate researcher and recent CU Boulder Honors graduate, was awarded the Stephen Halley Undergraduate Research Award at the CU Physics graduation ceremony in December.

Xue completed his Honors thesis by working with JILA Fellows Agnieszka Jaron-Becker and Andreas Becker for over a year on an ultrafast AMO theory project. He was also a co-author on two papers which were published in Physical Review A earlier this year. Xue’s work at JILA was supported by...

Published: 12-11-2018

Today JILA Fellow John “Jan” Hall was named a 2018 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Inventors of U.S. patents are nominated to NAI fellowship by their peers. To be named a NAI fellow is to receive recognition for outstanding inventions that have had a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

The NAI named 148 fellows in 2018, representing research universities and government and non-profit research institutes....

Published: 12-04-2018

JILA Fellow Margaret Murnane was one of 10 recipients of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney announced the names of the award winners on the 28th of November 2018. These awards, established in 2012, are meant to recognize the contributions of members of the Irish diaspora.

Each of the awards is for contributions to a specific category. Murnane received the science, technology and...

Published: 12-03-2018

JILA Fellows Jun Ye and Deborah Jin (1968 to 2016) have been named Highly Cited Researchers for 2018 by Clarivate Analytics.

The list of Highly Cited Researchers, published annually since 2014, recognizes scientists across the world who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers is determined by production of multiple papers whose citations rank in the top...

Published: 11-27-2018

JILA Fellow Tom Perkins has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Perkins was elected for his pioneering advances in high-resolution studies of single biological molecules.

Perkins is among the 416 AAAS members elected Fellows by their peers. The honor recognizes distinguished efforts to advance science, either scientifically or socially. The newly elected fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue...

Published: 11-13-2018

JILA Fellow Dr. Earl Beaty passed away on November 3, 2018. Beaty was one of the original JILA Fellows who moved from the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) in DC to Boulder, CO. Beaty helped shape the foundation of JILA as one of the 4 Fellows to serve on the By-laws committee.  Below is a reprint of his obituary, originally...

Published: 10-23-2018

23 October 2018—Today the American Physical Society announced JILA Fellow Jun Ye as the recipeient of the 2019 Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries. Ye was recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to precision measurements and the quantum control of atomic and molecular systems, including atomic clocks.

The Ramsey Prize is...

Published: 10-23-2018

Dr. Benjamin Brubaker won the 2019 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physics Society (APS)

Dr. Brubaker is currently a postdoctoral research associate at JILA working with Dr. Konrad Lehnert. Brubaker completed his doctoral thesis work at Yale, where he made outstanding contributions to the design and construction of, and detailed the first results from, the...

Published: 10-23-2018

23 October 2018—Today the American Physical Society announced JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski as the 2019 recipient of the F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction.

Lewandowski was recognized for her systemic and scholarly transformation of advanced laboratories in physics, her building of leading assessment tools of laboratories, and for her national service...

Published: 10-18-2018

JILAn Dr. Tess Eidem was recognized by the University of Colorado Boulder for her work coordinating student understanding about roles and responsibilities related to their support funding.

Eidem is the Associate Director of Education for STROBE, an NSF Science and Technology Center that is a collaboration between six universities, including the University of Colorado Boulder.

As recognition for her work, the University awarded Eidem a certificate for Best Practices in Managing...

Published: 10-15-2018

JILA Fellow Ann-Marie Madigan was named a 2018 Packard Fellow. Below is a reposting of the CU Boulder Today's article that celebrates her acheivement:


A CU Boulder researcher who investigates the unusual behavior of icy objects at the outermost edges of the solar system has been named a 2018 Packard Fellow. 

Published: 10-05-2018

Friday, October 5, 2018 – Last night CO-LABS presented JILA’s ultrafast imaging team, led by Fellows Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn, the 2018 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research.  

Murnane and Kapteyn were honored for their work in revolutionizing ultrafast and nanoscale imaging through the research and development of tabletop x-ray sources. These advancements enable real-time imaging of the structure, chemistry, and dynamics of materials at the level of small...

Published: 10-03-2018

Three JILA Fellows have been named 2018 Fellows of the American Physical Society. The three new Fellows—Andreas Becker, Heather J. Lewandowski, and James K. Thompson—were nominated from varying divisions of APS.

Andreas Becker was nominated by the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical physics for his contributions to the understanding of the behavior of atoms and molecules in intense light fields, including seminal theoretical studies of attosecond dynamics,...

Published: 10-01-2018


The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced last week that JILA Fellow Heather Lewandowski will receive the association’s Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to AAPT.

Lewandowski’s dual research areas are in fundamental experimental molecular physics and Physics Education Research (PER). Within PER,...

Published: 09-28-2018

Emma Simmerman, a senior physics major, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

NASA astronaut Joe Tanner will present with the award during a ceremony at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Andrews Hall. Tanner is an instructor at CU Boulder. The event is free and open to the public. Simmerman is the 22nd CU Boulder recipient.

Simmerman learned she had won the scholarship when she got a call from her mom, who texted a photo of the ASF...

Published: 09-26-2018

26th September 2018 — JILA Fellows Dr. Tom Perkins and Dr. Konrad Lehnert both received medals from the Department of Commerce last night at the Ronald Reagan Amphitheater in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Perkins received the Gold Medal, which is the highest honorary award given by the United States Department of Commerce, or DOC. Perkins was recognized for creating the world’s best atomic force microscope tailored to biological measurements. This device can “grab” onto biological molecules,...

Published: 09-20-2018

Former JILAn Dr. Sara Campbell won the 2018 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on the world’s most precise atomic clock.

Campbell’s thesis, entitled “A Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock”, detailed how the high...

Published: 09-20-2018

Recent JILA graduate Dr. Rabin Paudel was awarded the Nepal Bidhya Bhusan this September.

The Nepal Bidhya Bhusan is the highest academic award given by the Nepalese government.

This year, Nepalese president Bidhya Devi Bhandari gave 233 Bidhya Bhusan Padak to Nepalese nationals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in PhD, Masters, of Bachelor’s level academics, at local and foreign universities. The highest level of this award is reserved for those holding PhD degrees...

Published: 09-13-2018

Friday, September 7, 2018 - Boulder, CO –  As the bike rack outside the Millennium Hotel overflowed, many scientists locked their bikes to a nearby fence. In the Grand Ballroom, free coffee was flowing and over 100 physicists specializing in atomic matters were conversing. Despite the global diversity, everyone recognized faces in the crowd. These physicists all had something in common. They all once worked closely with Deborah Jin.


Published: 09-12-2018

Recent JILA graduate Dr. Sara Campbell was announced to be a 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows this morning.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HMMI) announced their selection of 15 early career scientists as the 2018 HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows on 12 September 2018. The fellowship, named for Hanna Holborn Gray, the former chair of the HHMI trustees and former president of the University of Chicago, seeks to encourage talented early career scientists who have the potential to make...

Published: 08-22-2018

JILA Jun Ye hit the big screen this summer as he debuted in the feature-length documentary, “The Most Unknown”.

“The Most Unknown” brings together nine scientists from across the globe, all of whom are using science to answer deep philosophical questions, such as how did life begin, and what is time? The scientists are brought together, (“blind-date style,” as the New Yorker’s review accurately describes it) to...

Published: 08-01-2018

JILA’s favorite degenerate, the Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC), has a new home: the International Space Station.

This new acheivement is "multi-mega-awesome," according to JILA Fellow Eric Cornell. BECs became a staple for measuring quantum phenomenon when they were experimentally realized in 1995 by JILA Fellows Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman at the University of Colorado Boulder, and by Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT.

Here on Earth BEC experiments are plagued by the constant tug...

Published: 08-01-2018

Former JILAn Lorraine Volsky passed away on July 21, 2018.  Lorraine worked at JILA from 1968 to 2013; leading the JILA Scientific Reports Office (now Science Communications Office) for the bulk of that time.  

Lorraine Marie Halbower Volsky passed away early Saturday morning, July 21, 2018, at her Boulder residence, attended by family and friends. She was 88. Lorraine was born in Anthony, Kansas, where she grew up a hard-working farm girl with a keen...

Published: 07-25-2018

Former JILA graduate student Dr. Sara Cambell has been named a Finalist for the 2018 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for her doctoral work on Fermi-degenerate three-dimensional optical lattice clock. 

Campbell will present her thesis research during a special session at the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science meeting September 16-20, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the fifth year of the...

Published: 07-23-2018

JILA Fellow Cindy Regal has been named a 2018 Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer by the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC).

This prestigious title is given worldwide to scientists at the top of their fields in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences. 

Regal will present her Cruickshank Lecture, entitled "Interferometers Harnessing Micromechanical Motion for Quantum Metrology and Information”, on Sunday, 29 July 2018, after the introductory dinner of the Quantum...


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