Jun 21, 2021
We received a DURIP award from the Office of Naval Research supporting our NaCs molecule effort. Thanks a lot to the ONR DURIP program for the tremendous support! More information here.
Jun 4, 2021
We had a very successful DAMOP this year with Minho, Aden, Claire, Niccolò, Aaron, and Weijun all presenting on our recent developments. Nice job all!
Jun 2, 2021
Overlapping BECs of Na and Cs
Check out our latest paper - first dual Bose-Einstein condensates of sodium and cesium. Two overlapping superfluids and exciting conditions to make very cold clouds of NaCs ground state molecules. Congrats to the entire NaCs Lab team for this great achievement! Link to the preprint: arxiv:2106.01334
May 31, 2021
Triangular Lattice from Metasurface
We got our first image of a triangular lattice pattern from a metasurface! It is the first step towards integrating this novel nanophotonic platform into an AMO experiment. We are looking forward to trapping atoms using it in the near future! Thank you Xiaoyan from Prof. Nanfang Yu’s group for providing the metasurfaces.
Jan 28, 2021
Array of 900 Laser Traps
We produced an optical tweezer array with 30x30 traps! It is generated by two crossed acousto-optic deflectors driven with a comb of radiofrequency tones. The trap spacing is about 5 micrometers. Congrats to the entire TweeSr lab!
Dec 21, 2020
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
The entire Will Lab wishes happy and healthy holidays and a great start into the New Year 2021! Thank you to the TweeSr team for the beautiful holiday visual!
Dec 12, 2020
2D MOT Paper
Our new paper on our newly developed compact 2D MOT for Cesium is out on arxiv. The setup has helped us to make a Cesium BEC within 10 months despite a 3 months lab shutdown due to COVID. Congrats to the entire NaCs team on the amazing work!
Sep 25, 2020
NSF Convergence Accelerator
We are excited to receive one of the competitive NSF Convergence Accelerator grants. In this project, we will lead the development of an integrated quantum simulator based on programmable atom arrays. We are looking forward to an exciting collaboration with colleagues at Columbia University, Brookhaven National Lab, CUNY, Flatiron Institute, and industry partners from Atom Computing, QuEra, IBM and Bloomberg. More details here. See also press release.
Sep 16, 2020
First Cesium BEC
First Cesium Bose-Einstein condensate in the NaCs lab! Less than a year after the Sodium BEC, we have made the Cesium BECs in the same apparatus, lowering the temperature of the coldest spot in NYC by another factor of 10 to about 10 nanokelvin above absolute zero.
Sep 1, 2020
Strontium Joins the Lab
Welcome to a new element at Will Lab! Today we observed the first signal of strontium in our new TweeSr apparatus, adding another beautiful hue to the lab! For more information on TweeSr click here.
Aug 24, 2020
Microwave Dressing of Dipolar Molecules
Our work on the first demonstration of microwave dressing of ultracold dipolar molecules is out! The dressing leads to resonant dipolar interactions with important implications for quantum simulation and quantum computation with dipolar molecules. Paper and Physics Feature.
Feb 7, 2020
First MOT of Cesium
First magneto-optical trap of cesium at Columbia! We are creating laser-cooled ensembles of cesium in the main chamber of our ultracold molecules apparatus - a crucial step on the way to assembling ultracold NaCs molecules from Na and Cs atoms. Congrats to the entire team!!
Nov 18, 2019
Earnest Kempton Adams Lecture
We are hosting Immanuel Bloch who gives the Earnest Kempton Adams Lecture 2019 and speaks about "Many-Body Quantum Dynamics under the Microscope." Thank you very much for the visit and the inspiring lecture!
Oct 17, 2019
First BEC in NYC
First Bose-Einstein Condensate in New York City! We have created the first atomic BEC at Columbia University, making Will Lab the coldest spot in New York City :)
Congratulations to the entire team - especially Aden, Claire, Niccolò, and Ian - for making this possible only about one year after moving into the renovated labs! This is a tremendous achievement.
Aug 13, 2019
We are excited to receive a prestigeous QII-TAQS grant from the National Science Foundation! In collaboration with Co-PIs Ana Asenjo-Garcia and Nanfang Yu, we will realize a new type of programmable atomic tweezer array and explore novel schemes to enhance coherence of atomic excitations in such arrays. More information here. There are exciting grad student and postdoc opportunities on this project - don't hesitate to contact Sebastian Will. See also press release.
Apr 19, 2019
Joint Quantum Symposium 2019
The Joint Quantum Symposium 2019 has been a great success. Thanks to all the speakers and the many, many attendees! Many thanks for the generous support from Bloomberg, IBM Q, Toptica Photonics, Vescent Photonics, and Quantum Design, as well as the Columbia Physics Department and the Data Science Institute for organizational support. Pictures of the symposium are available here. Looking forward to see you at Joint Quantum Symposium 2020!
Mar 14, 2019
2nd Joint Quantum Symposium
We are hosting the 2nd Joint Quantum Symposium on April 18-19, 2019 at Columbia University. The topics include quantum networks, quantum materials, quantum simulation and quantum compu-ting. Registration is open until April 14. Register now! For more information visit www.jointquantumsymposium.com.
Oct 17, 2018
Precision Many Body Physics Workshop
Sebastian speaks at the workshop on Precision Many Body Physics at UMass Amherst from October 20 - 22, 2018 about many-body physics with ultracold dipolar molecules. Flyer here.
Jun 25, 2018
Ian Stevenson Joins Group
Ian Stevenson joins our group as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist supported by the Earnest Kempton Adams (EKA) Fund. Welcome, Ian!
Mar 28, 2018
Claire Awarded NSERC Fellowship
Congratulations to Claire Warner on being awarded an NSERC Doctoral Scholarship!
Mar 24, 2018
Joint Quantum Symposium
Join us at Joint Quantum Symposium from April 5 till 6 at the NYU Campus! With this workshop - organized in collaboration with NYU and IBM Q - we intend to connect groups and labs in the wider New York area with an interest in quantum science and technology. Speakers are from academia, national labs, and industry, including Jay Gambetta (IBM) and Chris Monroe (JQI). To register please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free. Flyer here.
Jan 31, 2018
The QClub kicked off today. QClub is a new seminar series, organized jointly by Columbia University and New York University. QClub is intended to strengthen the network of quantum researchers in the New York area. Please send an email to Sebastian Will and Javad Shabani if you would like to participate!
May 1, 2017
First Semester at Columbia
Will Lab had an exciting first semester at Columbia University. During the spring semester we had the honor to welcome many visitors: Peter Abbamonte, Andrea Cavalleri, Eric Cornell, Alessandra Lanzara, Leo Radzihovsky, Mike Tarbutt, Jun Ye, and Martin Zwierlein. Now we look forward to a productive summer in the lab!