Kolkowitz lab awarded DOE Quantum Science grant!

The Kolkowitz lab, along with several other collaborating quantum science researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Lawrence Livermore National Lab, has been awarded a three year US Department of Energy (DOE) Materials and Chemistry Research in Quantum Information Science grant to study the origins of decoherence in solid-state quantum platforms. You can read a bit more about the project here.

Strontium science chamber ultra-high-vacuum bakeout completed!

The science chamber for the strontium optical lattice clock high-temperature bakeout is now officially over, and we have achieved a vacuum of ~2e-12 Torr! We except this to give us background-gas-limited strontium atom lifetimes of >100 seconds in our chamber.

The strontium UHV apparatus after bakeout.

The next step will be to install the magnetic field coils for the magneto-optical-trap.