01.18.17 -- How to Create a Time Crystal

  Time crystals, which break time-translational symmetry in the same way that ordinary crystals break spatial-translational symmetry, have been a hot topic of debate in the literature in the past few years. Recently, a theoretical proposal has shown how one could be created in the lab, inspiring two experimental demonstrations. Read the full story here.

09.20.16 -- 2D Paper Published in PRA

A manuscript proposing the use of "2D ion crystals in radiofrequency traps for quantum simulation" has now been published in PRA PRA 94, 032320 (2016). This work lays the theoretical foundation for the experiment that will be built over the next year or two in the lab.

07.12.16 -- New paper on the arXiv

Ion trap quantum simulators have successfully implemented Ising and XY spin models, but Heisenberg models have remained elusive. In collaboration with Alejandro Bermudez, Luca Tagliacozzo, and German Sierra, we propose a way to achieve this long-sought capability using currently available technology: "Long-range Heisenberg models in quasi-periodically driven crystals of trapped ions," arXiv: 1607.03337.

05.18.16 -- New paper on the arXiv

A manuscript proposing the investigation of "String order via Floquet interactions in atomic systems" has now been posted on the arXiv: 1605.05738. This work, in collaboration with Tony Lee and Yogesh Joglekar, shows how non-local correlations, known as string order, can arise in periodically driven trapped ion systems.

03.16.16 -- Let there be (369.5 nm) light

  The new 369 nm laser system was successfully installed this morning, providing an impressive 1 WATT of beautiful blue light. The system starts with 10 W of 532 nm light pumping a Ti:Saph crystal, outputting a 739 nm beam which is then frequency doubled. Thanks, M-Squared!

02.01.16 -- Optics Tables Installed

Just a few days after construction was completed, the optics tables have been moved in and installed. Three tables form a large "U" work area, with two 4' x 12' tables and one 4' x 10'. See pictures...

01.27.16 -- Construction Complete!

  After 7 months of construction, an empty room is now capable of hosting an atomic physics laboratory. Upgraded electrical power, dedicated air handling for improved temperature stability, new counters and cabinetry, new lighting, and a large equipment support platform will be sure to make the ions happy.

12.03.15 -- Open Positions

We are currently looking for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers to join the team. Read more...

12.01.15 -- New lab coming soon!

Construction is nearly complete in SW055. Optics tables and lasers are on-order, and the experiment building should commence in early 2016.


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800 E Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN

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Bloomington, IN


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