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Howard Students at NIST 2010

Bill Phillips explains the process of cooling and trapping atoms in a lab at NIST.

On March 11, 2010 a group from the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Howard University in Washington, DC visited the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for an introductory tour of several projects and program areas related to the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI).

Two Howard professors -- Dr. Prabhakar Misra and Dr. Silvina Gatica -- and 10 of their students spent the afternoon watching multiple presentations about quantum information science research and asking questions about the work. The group heard from four presenters: Nobel laureate William D. Phillips, leader of the NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group and Co-Director of the Physics Frontier Center at JQI; Carl J. Williams, Chief of NIST's Atomic Physics Division and Co-Director of JQI; Alan Migdall, Staff Physicist in the Optical Technology Division at NIST; and Joshua Bienfang, Staff Physicst in the Electron and Optical Physics Division. In addition, NIST/JQI postdoctoral researcher Steven Olmschenk of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group served as tour guide and explained various aspects of the science.