Prof. Brian DeMarco

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Brian DeMarco

Principal Investigator

About the PI

Brian DeMarco has worked on experiments with ultracold atom gases for about 20 years. Brian did his undergraduate degree in Physics at SUNY Geneseo, where he worked on experiments with low-energy fusion. That first taste of research was enough to ignite his interest in experimental physics for life, and in 1996 Brian left NY for Boulder, Colorado to pursue a PhD in physics. He originally started as a research assistant for Eric Cornell at JILA, switching to work with Deborah Jin in 1997. Together, Debbie and Brian produced the first Fermi gas of atoms. Brian defended his 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, Brian left mountainous Boulder, Colorado to join the faculty of the Physics department at the University of Illinois in the flatlands of Illinois.

 

Brian currently serves on a number of national committees, including CAMOS, the DAMOP Executive Committee, and the NASA Fundamental Science Standing Review Board. Brian is also a member of the 2016-2018 Defense Sciences Study Group class.

A copy of Brian's CV with full listing of publications and awards can be found here.

You can listen to his appearance on Car Talk at this link.

Brian runs a Science Night at Leal Elementary. You can learn more here.


Current Group Members

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Philip Russ

Graduate Student Research Assistant.

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Wenchao Xu

Graduate Student Research Assistant.


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William Morong

Graduate Student Research Assistant

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Laura Wadleigh

Graduate Student Research Assistant

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Pei-Wen Tsai

Graduate Student Research Assistant


Past Group Members

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Carolyn Meldgin

Former Ph.D. student. Now a Senior Quantitative Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric.

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David Chen

Former Ph.D. student. Now a postdoc at the Max Planck of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

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William McGehee

Former Ph.D. student. Now an NRC post-doc at NIST.

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Dr. David McKay

Former Ph.D. student. Now a Research Staff Member in the Experimental Quantum Computing group at IBM's Yorktown facility.

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Dr. Stanimir Kondov

Former Ph.D. student. Now a post-doctoral researcher with Waseem Bakr's group at Princeton University.

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Dr. Matthew Pasienski

Former Ph.D. student. Now Director of Product and Co-founder of Wizeline.


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Dr. Joshua Zirbel

Former post-doc. Currently working with AOSense.

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Paul Koehring

Former undergraduate research assistant and technician. Working for TradeLink.

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Cecilia Borries

Former undergraduate research assistant. Now in graduate school at the University of Alaska.


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Matthew Grau

Fomer undergraduate research assistant. Now in graduate school at the University of Colorado.

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Lauren Aycock

Former undergraduate research assistant. Now in graduate school at the University of Maryland.

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Dr. Matthew White

Former Ph.D. student. Founder of StylusLabs. Currently engineer at Airbnb.


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Dr. Hong Gao

Former post-doc. Now supervises his own group at Xian Jiaotong University

Other past group members include Wilbur Shirley, Timon Hilker, Charles Rusiana, Kirsten Dearnley, and Sarah Gossett.