Wangping Ren accepts PhD offer from Oxford University!

Congratulations to Kolkowitz lab undergraduate researcher Wangping, who has accepted a position in the Atomic and Laser Physics PhD program at Oxford University!

Wangping, the transition to calling them “nitrogen-vacancy colour centres” will be tough, but we know you can handle it. Best of luck!

Our AOSense strontium source has arrived!

Our AOSense strontium source, with integrated oven, Zeeman slower, and 2D MOT, arrived yesterday! (After a few months of delays…)

We’ll test the 461 nm absorption of the atom beam in the coming days.

We already have our AR coated viewports, so once our vacuum pumps and the chamber itself arrives next month, we will be ready to pump down and bake out our chamber! Our cooling lasers are locked up and ready to go, so we should have strontium trapped in a MOT not long after that…



Sam Li awarded Welton Sophomore Honors Summer Apprenticeship

Congrats to UW-Madison undergradaute Sam Li, who has been awarded a Welton Sophomore Honors Summer Apprenticeship to work with us in the Kolkowitz Lab this summer! Sam will be working with grad students Aedan and Matt on implementing spin-to-charge conversion in the NV center confocal microscope.

Matt Cambria (re)joins the group as a PhD student

Congrats to Matt Cambria, who has officially accepted the UW-Madison Physics PhD program’s offer of admission! Matt will be (re)joining the Kolkowitz group as a graduate student after working with us as a volunteer researcher this past year.

Brett presents at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate researcher Brett Merriman gave an excellent presentation on his work on injection locking for our strontium 461 nm laser cooling system at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium!