ITAMP News

June 19, 2020
Summer fellowships for students and faculty from under-represented academic institutions

ITAMP has a funded program of summer fellowships for students and faculty from under-represented academic institutions. We will double our effort in the coming year to recruit more students and faculty advisors from HBCU and other minority-serving colleges.

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/itamp-ufsfellowship

May 1, 2020
Quantum Steampunk

ITAMP Fellow Nicole Yunger Halpern published a feature about her research in Scientific American this May. Yunger Halpern and colleagues re-envision 19th-century thermodynamics with 21st-century information theory. They use the combination as a new lens through which to view atomic, molecular, and optical physics; chemistry; condensed matter; high-energy physics; and biophysics. Yunger Halpern has dubbed this research program "quantum steampunk," after the steampunk movement that blends Victorian settings with futuristic technologies in art, film, and literature. The article has gained press in Popular Mechanics, Nature, the Fortune "Data Sheet" (April 22, 2020), and Wikipedia.

April 10, 2020
Rivka Bekenstein and colleagues new research on quantum metasurfaces appears in Nature Physics

Rivka Bekenstein and colleagues new research on quantum metasurfaces appears in Nature Physics: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41567-020-0845-5

January 7, 2020
In a collaboration, former ITAMP fellow (Richard Schmidt), Hossein Sadeghpour and Eugene Demler have proposed how to simulate many-body central spin problem with Rydberg molecules:
December 23, 2019
Holiday Greetings and Best New Year Wishes from all of us at ITAMP.

See You Next Year!

December 17, 2019
Phosphorus-calcium-oxygen clusters in the brain might contain 'quantum bits' for information processing, , suggesting a novel contribution to cognition.

Phosphorus-calcium-oxygen clusters in the brain might contain 'quantum bits' for information processing, suggesting a novel contribution to cognition. Read about this new work by Nicole here:
https://www.journals.elsevier.com/annals-of-physics/highlighted-article/...

November 5, 2019
Physics Today article on Paola Cappellaro's group PRL on localization of NMR spin chain, using a crystal bought on eBay
October 30, 2019
Misha Lukin on Google's announcement of Quantum Supremacy
September 11, 2019
With great regrets, we learned that Prof. Anthony Starace passed away on September 5, 2019.

AMO physics and ITAMP lost a great friend in Anthony Starace last Thursday. We at ITAMP are saddened with the news. He served on the ITAMP advisory board and participated in its workshops and winter schools.

June 27, 2019
Bihui Zhu and Rivka Bekenstein in “2019 Rising Stars in Physics Workshop”

ITAMP postdocs Bihui Zhu and Rivka Bekenstein participated in “2019 Rising Stars in Physics Workshop” hosted by the Physics department at Stanford, which aimed to bring the next generation of physics academic leaders together for scientific discussions and informal sessions on navigating the early stages of the academic career. The two ITAMP post-docs were chosen to participate in the workshop out of more than 100 applicants.

May 24, 2019
Nicole Yunger Halpern’s Thesis has won the Prigogine Prize for Thermodynamics!

We’re elated to announce that Nicole Yunger-Halpern has won the 2019 Ilya Prigogine Prize for Thermodynamics. She gave a talk on May 23 in Barcelona.
Great work, Nicole.
Follow this news here:
http://quantum-thermodynamics.unibs.it/PrigoginePrize/PrigoginePrize.htm.
Nicol’s thesis is at https://thesis.library.caltech.edu/10942/.

April 29, 2019
The announcement of endowed fund for Dalgarno Memorial Lectures

We announce that a Harvard Endowment fund for Dalgarno Memorial Lectures was just created. Donations to the endowment fund are welcome. If you'd wish to donate, please go here. In selecting a fund, choose Other - FAS, and enter Dalgarno Memorial Lectures for the fund name.
Suggestions for future lectures are welcome here. Thank you.

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