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 optical lattices.

OPEN: postdoc position, now hiring in ultracold atomic physics, working with NASA Cold Atom Laboratory experiment as well as with local BEC lab. Please contact Nathan Lundblad (nlundbla@bates.edu) to discuss. 2-year position, salary $70k+

If you are a Bates College student interested in summer research or senior thesis work, please contact Professor Lundblad to discuss possible projects.

Recent News

April 2024

Welcome to new postdoctoral research associate Dr. Jean-Baptiste Gérent, who joins us from Cold Atoms Bordeaux !

February 2024

Welcome to lab research students Eva Wu and Henry Yang who are working on a new python user interface for visualizing our BEC data!

January 2024

Welcome to lab research student Rahaa Jeagar Nikzat who is working on imaging fringe removal via principal component analysis!

September 2023

Welcome to senior thesis researchers Claudia Mabley, John Crossen, and Will Conway!

August 2023

Nathan traveling to Germany to speak at Bad Honnef "Cold Atoms and Molecules" summer school.

June 1, 2023

Welcome to summer research student Paloma Rodriguez '26!

March 2023

Nathan traveling to Brazil speak at workshop "Low Dimensional Quantum Gases" summer school.

June 6, 2022

Welcome to summer research students Adrian de Cola '23, Kira Yanagi '25, Alyson Reardon '24, and Hongke Lu '25!

May 18, 2022

New paper out with first data on ultracold bubbles made aboard the ISS: "Observation of ultracold atomic bubbles in orbital microgravity" (pdf). Thanks to all Bates students and postdocs, collaborators from other institutions, and JPL/NASA scientists who helped make this science happen!

May 12, 2022

Bon voyage to postdoc Joe Murphree, who is headed off to Madison to enter the neutral-atom quantum-computing industry at ColdQuanta.

April 26, 2022

Congratulations to senior Steve Shea, who has successfully defended his Honors thesis entitled "Magnetic Trapping of Rubidium en Route to Bose-Einstein Condensate Formation Using an Atom Chip Based Trap." Nice work!

June 6, 2021

Welcome to summer research students Elias Veilleux '23, Hamza Kalim '23, and Steve Shea '22!

December 14, 2020

Nathan gives the (remote) Joint Quantum Institute seminar (Youtube livestream archive)

August 7, 2020

Bon voyage to Michał Ćwik, who is leaving to a new job doing applied atomic physics in Massachusetts with Physical Sciences Inc.! And thanks to all our summer interns for jobs well done.

July 7, 2020

Welcome to our new Postdoctoral Research Associate, Joseph Murphree, joining us from Nick Bigelow's lab at Rochester. Also, welcome to our recently hired Research Assistant Michał Ćwik and our (remote) summer researchers, Yichun Liu, Gabe Salvi, and John Mieszczanski!

April 10, 2020

Congratulations to senior Michał Ćwik, who has successfully defended his Honors thesis entitled "2D and 3D Magneto-Optical Trapping of 87Rb in an Atom Chip Bose-Einstein Condensation Apparatus" Nice work!

December 4, 2019

New paper out with detailed modeling of the idea behind our space-station cold-atom research: "Shell potentials for microgravity Bose–Einstein condensates."

June 10, 2019

Welcome to summer research student Avi Brach-Neufeld '18!

April 10, 2019

Congratulations to senior Max Gold, who just presented his Honors thesis entitled "Characterization of Trap Frequencies for Cold Atom Laboratory Bose-Einstein Condensates." His work is the first student analysis at Bates of Cold Atom Laboratory data from the International Space Station!

September 1, 2018

Welcome to postdoctoral research associate Dr. Ryan Carollo! Dr. Carollo joins us from the lab of Prof. David Hanneke at Amherst College.

June 1, 2018

Welcome to summer research students Hannah Fitts '20, Xiaole (Alex) Jiang '21, Victor Fitzek '19, and Max Gold '19!

April 2, 2018

Congratulations to senior Nick Sergay, who just presented his senior thesis entitled "A Self-Stabilizing Optical System for Robust Bose-Einstein Condensate Experimentation." His work has significantly improved how we makes BECs at Bates!

January 10, 2018

Previous arXiv paper now appearing in the Physical Review: "Synthetic clock transitions via continuous dynamical decoupling".

October 1, 2017

Congratulations to student Nick Sergay, who presented our summer work (on Gross-Pitaevskii and Thomas-Fermi solutions for bubble-geometry BECs) at the FiO/DLS Undergraduate Symposium in Washington, DC!.

June 20, 2017

A new paper on the arXiv based on work done at JQI in Ian Spielman's group: Synthetic clock transitions via continuous dynamical decoupling.

June 1, 2017

Welcome to summer research students Salim Ourari '18 and Nick Sergay '18!

April 10, 2017

Congratulations to Tiago Correia '17 on finishing his senior thesis on BEC trap dynamics!

August 1, 2016

Prof. Lundblad is leaving Maine (briefly) for a fall-semester sabbatical at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland.

June 5, 2016

Welcome to summer research students Tiago Correia '17 and Yara Abdelhady '18!

May 20, 2016

Nathan and Tom travel to DAMOP 2016 in Providence and present a poster on prospects for bubble-geometry BECs in space.

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 with Ian Spielman's ultracold atomic physics group.

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"

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