Press Release: 3D Anderson Localization of Ultracold Matter
Our group was recently the first to publish the realization of 3D Anderson Localization of quantum matter waves; see Science 334, 66 (2011). For the University of Illinois press release, see this link. There is also a nice story on PhysOrg. And, yes, that is a photo of University of Illnois School of Music student Aaron Romm (son of Ron Romm) surrounded by 70 green balloons on stage at the Great Hall of the Krannert Performing Arts Center.
Originally from upstate NY, I did my undergraduate work at SUNY Geneseo
where I got my start in research. While at Geneseo
, I worked for Steve Padalino
and Kurt Fletcher
in the Nuclear Structure Laboratory
on calibrating neutron detectors. That first taste of real research was enough to ignite my interest in experimental physics for life, and in 1996 I left NY for Boulder, Colorado to pursue a PhD in physics. I originally started as a research assistant for Eric Cornell
, switching to work with Deborah Jin
in 1997. Together, Debbie and I produced the first Fermi gas of atoms. I defended my dissertation in 2001, and went down the road to NIST in Boulder to work with David Wineland
on trapped ion quantum computing experiments. In August 2003, I left mountainous Boulder, Colorado to join the faculty of the Physics department at UIUC
in the flatlands of Illinois. Click the CV link above for a full listing of publications and awards. My family blog can be found here
. You can listen to my appearance on Car Talk
at this link
At UIUC I am establishing a research program aimed toward using ultra-cold atom gases for quantum simulation. Check out the research link
for links to relevant papers and a description of the group. You might also like to read a recent LiveScience article
featuring our research.
Or, check out the same story with some video
on the NSF Discoveries site. William also has a blog
with the Discovery Channel.
I'm lucky to work with a fantastic team of students and postdocs. Click the people link for more details.
I reguarly teach a graduate course on Atomic Physics. A copy of my DAMOP 2008 lecture on quantum degenerate gases is here (or here in PDF).
Midwestern Cold Atom Workshop
The first annual Midwestern Cold Atom Workshop was held at UIUC on November 19, 2005. MCAW is now a yearly workshop; see www.mcaw.net for more details.
Data for Three-Dimensional Anderson Localization of Ultracold Matter, Science 344, 66 (2011); DOI: 10.1126/science.1209019
Data for: figure 1, figure 2, figure 3, figure 4. All files are comma-delimited; details are contained within.
A MATLAB implementation of the MRAF algorithm (with example kinoforms) can be found here.
We're always looking for good people to join the group...