Experimental highlights

Jeff Kimble stands tall

Jeff Kimble played college basketball. I conjecture that he is more than two meters tall, though being a theorist I have never measured him. Jeff certainly stands tall in the Pantheon of outstanding physicists, and we at Quantum Frontiers were thrilled to hear that Jeff has received the 2013 Herbert Walther Award, which is very [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:58-07:00December 9th, 2012|Experimental highlights|2 Comments

Accelerometer: Part I

This blog has made the terrible decision to ask me to do more regular posts.  Well, before trial and error catches up with me, let’s have some fun together… As young single Caltech graduate students, we have become accustomed to making hearts race with our science.  We turn measurements and derivations into heart palpitations.  While this [...]

2017-01-13T10:06:00-07:00November 25th, 2012|Experimental highlights|1 Comment

Individual quantum systems

When I went to school in the 20th century, “quantum measurements” in the laboratory were typically performed on ensembles of similarly prepared systems. In the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly routine to perform quantum measurements on single atoms, photons, electrons, or phonons. The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes two of the heros who [...]

Three Questions: Zach Korth, LIGO

Who are you? My name is Zach Korth. I’m a graduate student here at Caltech, working in Prof. Rana Adhikari’s group on experimental gravitational wave physics. The bulk of my time goes to developing and testing technology that will be installed at the detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, LA, and [...]

2017-01-13T10:06:03-07:00September 21st, 2012|Experimental highlights, The expert's corner|4 Comments