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Our research exploits the quantum properties of atoms to advance understanding of quantum systems and impact applications of quantum information science.

In our lab we trap and manipulate single Ytterbium atoms with optical tweezers (tightly focused laser beams). The versatility of the optical tweezer apparatus allows us to manipulate atoms into geometries of interest for quantum simulation (i.e. different lattice types), bring atoms close together to generate cooperative effects between atoms, and manipulate arrays of atoms near nanophotonic structures and optical cavities for enhancing atom-photon interactions.