Lundblad lab is an experimental atomic physics research facility at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, USA. We focus on the physics of matter cooled to just barely above absolute zero, specifically the phenomena associated with Bose-Einstein condensation in shell-like traps and in rf-dressed optical lattices.


April 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dan Paseltiner '16, who has successfully defended his Honors thesis: "Progress towards Bose-Einstein condensation on an atom chip as a functional testbed for experiments aboard the orbital NASA Cold Atom Laboratory." After graduation, Dan will be SURFing at NIST Gaithersburg in the Physical Measurement Laboratory.

August 1, 2015

My department is hiring in theory (broadly defined) and astrophysics (broadly defined). Startup funds, reasonable teaching load, sharp students, delightful colleagues, lovely life in Maine. If you're interested please see the ad or contact me to chat about it.

June 29, 2015

Welcome to summer research students Milan Brankovic '17, Nick Sergay '18, and Salim Ourari '18!

May 8, 2015

Nathan gives Physics Colloquium at Williams College, kindly hosted by Fred Strauch, Tiku Majumder, and Charlie Doret.

April 15, 2015

Congratulations on various graduate school admissions to the current Lundblad Lab seniors, Ben Lovitz and Spencer Goossens, and congratulations to sophomore Tiago Correia on receiving a prestigious DAAD RISE fellowship to study ultracold atoms in Heidelberg in the group of Selim Jochim!

February 27, 2015

Nathan gives Physics Colloquium at the University of Virginia, kindly hosted by Cass Sackett.

January 26, 2015

A warm welcome to Dr. Tom Jarvis, who will be starting soon as a postdoctoral fellow in our group. Dr. Jarvis joins us from the Engel biophysics group associated with the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago; he also has worked with the Li lab at the University of Texas.

November 10, 2014

Recent paper is officially out in the new issue of Physical Review A: "Observations of λ/4 structure in a low-loss radiofrequency-dressed optical lattice"

October 28, 2014

Nathan gives Physics Department Seminar at Colgate University, kindly hosted by Kiko Galvez.

October 10, 2014

Paper accepted! "Observations of λ/4 structure in a low-loss radiofrequency-dressed optical lattice" is in press at Physical Review A (arXiv version here).

July 10, 2014

Lundblad Lab is hiring! We're seeking to fill a postdoctoral associateship in experimental ultracold atomic physics starting Spring 2015. Please contact Prof. Lundblad if you're interested.

July 1, 2014

Welcome to summer student Nathaniel Cash '15!

June 6, 2014

Nathan and Edward Moan '14 present recent Lundblad Lab results at DAMOP 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin (poster abstract, arXiv paper)

May 14, 2014

An unprecedented crop of Honors theses this year: congratulations to Saad Ansari, Edward Moan, Chris Guo, and Joanna Moody!

April 18, 2014

Nathan gives Physics Department Seminar at Willamette University, kindly hosted by Michaela Kleinert.

March 24, 2014

Congratulations on various graduate school admissions to the current Lundblad Lab seniors: Saad Ansari, Yang (Chris) Guo, Eddie Moan, Joanna Moody, and Albert Shi!

March 1, 2014

Lundblad Lab is proud to be a part of the NASA CAL effort! Various press and info here, here, and here.

August 30, 2013

Welcome to a new crop of thesis students in the lab (a bumper crop this year). Also welcome the newest member of the lab (ex officio) Spencer Gerland Lundblad.

August 10, 2013

Congrats to Yang (Chris) Guo '14 who is finishing up a summer of research in Lundblad Lab. He trained on the use of a Ti:sapphire laser and used it to create a one-dimensional optical lattice with our BEC machine, and calibrated the lattice through Kapitsa-Dirac diffraction.

May 18, 2013

The BEC transition was observed this afternoon; the onset of Bose-Einstein condensation occurred at a critical temperature around 200 nK. Pure condensates were produced consisting of fifty to one hundred thousand atoms in the ground state of a hybrid magnetic/optical trap.

March 25, 2013

Evaporative cooling in the optical dipole trap has commenced!

Feb 28, 2013

Lundblad Lab's optical dipole trap is now online. Transfer from quadrupole magnetic trap to focused 5W 1064nm beam is currently being optimized. Rising '14 seniors Edward Moan, Albert Shi, Joanna Moody, and Yang Guo are beginning to plan senior theses.

Jan 10, 2013

An update long in coming for the curious: currently our main apparatus is evaporatively cooling atoms in a conservative magnetic trap to a few tens of microKelvin above absolute zero; current projects are focused on transferring these magnetically trapped atoms to a focused high-power infrared laser "tweezer," where the BEC transition should be observed. Exciting times!

May 31, 2013

Congratulations to the graduates Marc Tollin '12 and Ethan Emerson '12! Both defended excellent senior theses: Marc on Progress Towards Bose-Einstein Condensation and Ethan on Numerical Analysis of Evaporative Cooling. Best wishes to both of them!

October 17, 2011

Marc Tollin '12 gave a talk (reporting on progress towards BEC at Bates) at Frontiers in Optics 2011/Laser Science XXVII in San Jose. Great job Marc!

July 31, 2011

Summer students have finished up- and milemarkers crossed: we have laser-cooled atoms. Movies: a small cloud (thermal loading), with some magnetic hopping about, and a much larger cloud (Zeeman slower-loaded)

June 7, 2011

Summer students begin! Welcome to Albert Shi, Chris Guo, Kathilee Kenlock, and Janith Rupasinghe.

May 27, 2011

The academic year is done! Nathan will be heading off to Germany to speak at ICOLS, in Hameln (home of the Pied Piper).

April 25, 2011

Nathan will be giving the Bowdoin College Physics Department seminar this week, just down the road from Bates in Brunswick, Maine.

April 6, 2011

  Congratulations to lab member Nate Funk '11 for finishing and presenting his senior thesis: Delay-Line Frequency Offset Locking of Two Lasers. Great work!

April 1, 2011

  Dr. Ted Corcovilos visits from Penn State to talk about neutral-atom quantum computation.

March 11, 2011

   Dr. Charles Clark visits from NIST/JQI/UMD.

February 8, 2011

  Paper dance! Appearing today in Physical Review Letters.

January 5

  The Bates College Department of Physics and Astronomy is accepting applications for a two-year visiting position; details here. For current postdocs (or highly qualified soon-to-finish grad students) this would be a great opportunity to get experience in the world of small colleges like Bates.

December 20

  Recent paper (with former colleagues at NIST and theory collaborator at Nevada) accepted to Physical Review Letters!

November 8

  Nathan will be giving the Colby College Physics Department seminar this week, just up the road from Bates in Waterville, Maine.

October 31

  Science-chamber bake complete; pressure readings in the 10-20 picoTorr range, although at this low pressure diagnosis becomes tricky, and trap lifetime will be the only effective metric.

October 28

  Nathan attended the New Laser Scientists Conference, held every two years; this time in Rochester, NY. Other liberal-arts college attendees include James Higbie (Bucknell) and Marty Baylor (Carleton).

August 9

  Zeeman slower wound and potted, oven-side system done baking, science-side system nearly assembled

July 7, 2010

  Some other pics and comments showing up at the lab tumblr

May 25, 2010

  Next week Nathan will be attending an AAPT/APS workshop (program: pdf) for new physics and astronomy faculty at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD.

May 25, 2010

  At DAMOP meeting in Houston, presenting results from recent paper.

March 29, 2010

  Recent paper is highlighted in the meta-journal Physics, which focuses on particularly interesting articles from the Physical Review family of journals.

March 28, 2010

  Paper is published! Lundblad, Schlosser, and Porto appearing today in PRA. [pdf]

March 15, 2010

  Pictures of the (fairly new) lab, for posterity

February 18, 2010

  Paper is accepted! Work on ultracold atoms in optical lattices will be appearing in Physical Review A. (preprint here)

February 9, 2010

  Nate Funk '11 joins the lab!

January 21, 2010

   Marc Tollin '12 joins the lab!

January 12, 2010

   Joanna Moody '13 joins the lab!

January 10, 2010

   Lab "renovation" of Carnegie 146 complete: I've stopped moving furniture around and the floors have acquired shininess.

January 5, 2010

   Paper on cancelling differential shifts in optical lattices appears on the arXiv (written with colleagues at NIST Gaithersburg)

January 1, 2010

   DEPSCoR grant formally awarded: see info here and here, and a Bates announcement here.

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