October 24, 2018
Quantum Internet and quantum voting

In a news article in Nature, ITAMP postdoc Nicole Yunger Halpern is quoted about the realization and applicability of quantum voting machine and process ( Last year, she published an article about precisely this scheme and how it may be possible to violate the Arrow's impossibility theorem (named after the economist Kenneth Arrow) (

July 31, 2018
Ewine van Dishoeck is the winner of 2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck was the 2018 Dalgarno Lecturer at ITAMP is the winner of the 2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics. Her citation reads, "The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for 2018 to Ewine van Dishoeck, Leiden University, NETHERLANDS. “For her combined contributions to observational, theoretical, and laboratory astrochemistry, elucidating the life cycle of interstellar clouds and the formation of stars and planets.”"
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June 1, 2018
Rivka Bekenstein has won the DAMOP Thesis Prize

We are delighted that our own Rivka Bekenstein has won the DAMOP Thesis Prize competition. She, in fact, becomes the first winner of the renamed thesis prize, the Jin Thesis Prize.

Congratulations Rivka. Well deserved.

May 4, 2018
Misha Lukin elected to the US National Academy of Sciences.

We are ecstatic with the news that Misha Lukin has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. This is a great honor and Misha is due many heartfelt congratulations.

March 28, 2018
Congratulations to our own Rivka Bekenstein for being a finalist for the DAMOP Thesis Prize.

Congratulations to our own Rivka Bekenstein for being a finalist for the DAMOP Thesis Prize. This a great honor and she will give an invited talk at DAMOP (

March 2, 2018
One Atom to Rule Them All: A New Class of Quantum Matter Observed

In a recent joint theory/experimental effort, the first Rydberg polaron has been realized in a quantum boson gas. This work observes the formation of exotic oligomeric Rydberg molecules (dimer, trimer, tetramer, pentamer, ...) in a lego construction to many-body Rydberg polarons. The theory was led at ITAMP by Richard Schmidt, Hossein Sadeghpour and Eugene Demler in Physics.

January 31, 2018
2018 Dalgarno Lecture Series will be given by Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck

We're excited to announce that Prof. van Dishoeck (Leiden) will be the next Dalgarno Lecturer in 2018. She will visit ITAMP and deliver lectures on March 26, 28 and 29, 2018 (CfA Colloquium). POSTER, ABSTRACTS, Playlist - ITAMP- Dalgarno Lectures

December 20, 2017
Holiday Greetings and Best New Year Wishes from all of us at ITAMP.
November 30, 2017
Probing many-body dynamics on a 51-atom quantum simulator

A major experiment/theory effort at Harvard/ITAMP has succeeded in building a large quantum simulator with 51 atoms in optical tweezers. The ITAMP effort was led by Hannes Pichler.

The paper can be found here:

The news report from Nature is here:

Stay tuned.

November 17, 2017
ITAMP Workshop on Quantum Thermodynamics

The workshop on Quantum Thermodynamics, organized by Ronnie Kosloff (Hebrew University & Fritz Haber) and Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler (University of Mainz), was held at ITAMP (10/30-11/1). Kosloff gave a Joint Quantum Sciences Seminar at the Harvard Physics department capping the workshop. This timely meeting addressed the subtle theoretical treatments and experimental probes of aspects of quantum mechanics and energy transfer in few-body, mesoscopic, and macroscopic systems. A recent Nature "news feature’’ (11/1/17) promoted the topic as well, including comments by Kosloff and workshop participant Raam Uzdin (Technion) [Nature 551, 20–22, (02 November 2017), doi:10.1038/551020a]. As usual, workshop talks are available on the ITAMP Youtube channel. Look for the “Quantum Thermodynamics” playlist.

November 7, 2017
A New Kind of Quantum Computer

CfA physicist Hannes Pichler, of the CfA's Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP), and three colleagues have proposed a new way to build a quantum computer using just a single atom....

August 22, 2017
ITAMP Photos of the Solar Eclipse 2017