Welcome to the Thompson Lab!

We are an atomic physics, nanophotonics and quantum optics research group in the department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. Our research focuses on isolating individual atoms and ions and engineering strong interactions between them using photons confined to nanoscale optical structures. With these systems, we pursue applications ranging from quantum technologies and devices to studies of few- and many-body physics.

Recent news

  • Graduate student fellowships
    Jack Wilson has been awarded an NSF graduate fellowship, and Chris Phenicie has been awarded and NDSEG graduate fellowship. Congratulations, Jack and Chris!
    Posted Apr 27, 2017, 7:08 AM by Jeff Thompson
  • New group members; construction ends
    We are delighted to welcome three new group members: Chris, Jack and Sam. Chris will join the rare earth ion team, while Jack and Sam will start a new project based on Yb Rydberg atoms in optical tweezers.

    Also, at the beginning of the month, we moved into our newly renovated lab space. Come visit us in E-Quad C402!


    Posted Mar 2, 2017, 5:43 PM by Jeff Thompson
  • Lab construction begins
    Construction has finally started in E-Quad C402!


    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:44 AM by Jeff Thompson
  • Arrivals and departures
    Welcome to postdoc Alan Dibos, who joined the lab in June 2016 and is working on cavity QED with rare earth ions.

    Also, we were joined for the summer by undergraduate students Vignesh Gopal (UIUC) and Erik Wendt (Gettysburg). Vignesh and Erik were supported in part by the MIRTHE REU program.
    Posted Sep 21, 2016, 8:19 AM by Jeff Thompson
  • Mouktik Raha joins lab
    February 22, 2016 - Mouktik Raha has joined the Thompson lab as a graduate student. Mouktik received his BS and MS from IIT Kharagpur. He is working on the rare earth ion quantum optics project.
    Posted Feb 22, 2016, 9:30 PM by Jeff Thompson
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