March 24, 2023
Misha Lukin, University Professor at Harvard

It's with great pleasure that we announce that Misha Lukin has been named a University Professor at Harvard. Congratulations Misha.

February 8, 2023
Newest ITAMP member

Our congratulations to Pei-Gen and Wei on the arrival of baby Alexander!

September 28, 2022
Hannes Pichler a former ITAMP postdoc has won the 2023 New Horizons Physics prize.

Prof. Hannes Pichler, the former ITAMP postdoc who left in 2019 has won the prestigious New Horizons Prize in Physics "For the development of optical tweezer arrays to realize control of individual atoms for applications in quantum information science, metrology, and molecular physics."

More can be found here:

Hannes is now on the faculty at the University of Innsbruck.

June 27, 2022
A nice read by Nicole Yunger Halpern

Here is a nice read that was written by Nicole Yunger Halpern. (

May 6, 2022
Misha Lukin has won the 2022 Ramsey Prize

It's fantastic news that Misha Lukin has won the 2022 Ramsey Prize ( for "For contributions to quantum information science, sensing, and physics, including the development of Rydberg atom-based quantum simulators."

Misha will give a DAMOP plenary talk at the Orlando meeting.

Congratulations Misha.

March 30, 2022
Annabelle is a finalist for the Debbie Jin Prize

It's always great news that one of our own is nominated for a major prize: in this case, Annabelle Bohrdt is a finalist for the 2022 APS Debbie Jin Prize. She will give an invited talk at the special DAMOP Thesis Prize session in Orlando, FL. We're ecstatic.

She has also won the Friedrich Hirzebruch Doctoral Prize 2022 for her dissertation "Probing strongly correlated many-body systems with quantum simulation". The prize announcement is here:

January 18, 2022
Former (and recent) ITAMP Fellow publishes a book about “quantum steampunk”

Recent ITAMP Fellow Nicole Yunger Halpern is publishing a book for the general public about her research: Quantum Steampunk: The Physics of Yesterday’s Tomorrow, coming out in March 2022. Steampunk is an artistic and literary genre that features futuristic technologies in Victorian settings. This genre is coming to life in a growing field that combines quantum information science, which underlies cutting-edge technologies, with thermodynamics, the Victorian science of energy. Quantum Steampunk explores this intersection’s background, landscape, and opportunities.

You can learn more at

Zoom link:

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November 23, 2021
A nice blog about Charles River and Cambridge by Nicole Yunger Helpern
September 3, 2021
We're delighted to learn that one of our own (Swati Singh) has won the NSF CAREER award

"We're delighted to learn that one of our own (Swati Singh) has won the NSF CAREER award ( Many congratulations Swati and many happy returns"

July 12, 2021
Harvard-led physicists take big step in race to quantum computing
June 15, 2021
PhysicsWorld's article on Quasiprobabilities shed light on quantum advantage
May 20, 2021
Special ITAMP Seminars During the Pandemic


Guest Speaker: Professor Maxim Olshanii
Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Boston
Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern time

Triangular Gross-Pitaevskii breathers and Damski-Chandrasekhar shock waves

The recently proposed map [arXiv:2011.01415] between the hydrodynamic equations governing the two-dimensional triangular cold-bosonic breathers [Phys. Rev. X 9, 021035 (2019)] and the high-density zero-temperature triangular free-fermionic clouds, both trapped harmonically, perfectly explains the former phenomenon but leaves uninterpreted the nature of the initial (t=0) singularity. This singularity is a density discontinuity that leads, in the bosonic case, to an infinite force at the cloud edge. The map itself becomes invalid at time t=T/4. Here, we first map -- using the scale invariance of the problem -- the trapped motion to an untrapped one. Then we show that in the new representation, the solution [arXiv:2011.01415] becomes, along a ray in the direction normal to one of the three edges of the initial cloud, a freely propagating one-dimensional shock wave of a class proposed by Damski in [Phys. Rev. A 69, 043610 (2004)]. There, for a broad class of initial conditions, the one-dimensional hydrodynamic equations can be mapped to the inviscid Burgers' equation, a nonlinear transport equation. More specifically, under the Damski map, the t=0 singularity of the original problem becomes, verbatim, the initial condition for the wave catastrophe solution found by Chandrasekhar in 1943 [Ballistic Research Laboratory Report No. 423 (1943)]. At t=T/8, our interpretation ceases to exist: at this instance, all three effectively one-dimensional shock waves emanating from each of the three sides of the initial triangle collide at the origin, and the 2D-1D correspondence between the solution of [arXiv:2011.01415] and the Damski-Chandrasekhar shock wave becomes invalid.