July 7, 2023
In a joint theory/experiment collaboration, Rydberg blockade with polar molecules has been demonstrated for the first time.
May 24, 2023
Newest ITAMP member

Our congratulations to Tijs Karman and Nina on the arrival of baby Lily!

May 8, 2023
Congratulations Ana for being elected to the National Academy.

It's with great pleasure that we announce that Ana Maria Rey, former fellow (2005-2008), was elected to the US
National Academy of Sciences. Congratulations Ana.

More on the list of the 2023 can be found here:

May 1, 2023
Nicole Yunger-Halpern and experimentalists demonstrate thermalization in a non-commuting spin array

In a joint collaboration, the recent ITAMP fellow Nicole Yunger-Halprin, and the Innsbruck trapped ion group, have demonstrated that an array of quantum spins (ions) thermalize even in the presence of non-commuting spin components.

You read more about this impressive work here:

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