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  • Laser Fusion Achieved at NIF

    Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, CA report that for the first time a laser-initiated plasma has produced more energy than was put into it.  Although the total amount of energy in the laser pulse was greater than that released, this is considered to be a significant step as greater than unity gain was achieved for the light that actually struck the target.  The group published their findings in Nature, the International Weekly Journal of Science.  News outlets, including NPR, have reported the story.

    NIF Beam Line

    NIF Beam Line

    The NIF target chamber

    NIF target chamber

  • JILA Atomic Clock Hits New Level of Accuracy… and Mainstream Media Photo credit: Allen Birnbach, 2008

    Photo credit: Allen Birnbach, 2008

    A JILA team at Boulder, CO headed by Jun Ye has published their results on a new Strontium-based atomic clock demonstrating accuracy on the order of 1 second for the lifetime of the earth.  The clock, as reported in Nature1, has an accuracy of 6.4×10-18 and is based on a lattice of Strontium atoms.  The clock surpasses the accuracy of the previous record holders, clocks based on single ions2,3,4.

    Though the results were only released as an advanced online publication on 22 January (three days ago at the publication of this post), the clock has already been reported on in the mainstream media, including NPR, Nature World News, and the Daily Mail, demonstrating a widespread interest in atomic physics.

    Congratulations to the group for their efforts and results.





    1Bloom, B.J., Nicholson, T.L., Williams, J.R., Campbell, S.L., Bishof, M., Zhang, X., Zhang, W., Bromely, S.L., Ye, J. An optical lattice clock with accuracy and stability at the 10-18 level.  Nature  online.

    2Chou, C. W., Hume, D. B., Koelemeij, J. C. J., Wineland, D. J. & Rosenband, T. Frequency comparison of two high-accuracy Al+ optical clocks. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 070802 (2010)

    3Huntemann, N. et al. High-accuracy optical clock based on the octupole transition in 171Yb+.Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 090801 (2012)

    4Madej, A. A., Dubé, P., Zhou, Z., Bernard, J. E. & Gertsvolf, M. 88Sr+ 445-THz single-ion reference at the 10−17 level via control and cancellation of systematic uncertainties and its measurement against the SI second. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 203002 (2012)

  • 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs

    The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.”

    François Englert

    Prof. François Englert

    Peter Higgs

    Prof. Peter Higgs


    Congratulations Drs. Englert and Higgs!

    A description of the Nobel Prize-winning work.

  • Ana Maria Rey Wins MacArthur Fellowship for Cold Atom Theory Work

    JILA Fellow Dr. Ana Maria Rey has been awarded a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as a “Genius Grant.”  Dr. Rey has been developing the theory of cold atom physics including the theoretical underpinnings of  ultra-cold optical lattices and the large-scale entanglement between atoms.Ana Maria Rey, 2013 MacArthur Fellow

    We are proud that the MacArthur Foundation has recognized a member of the Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Community for this prestigious award.

    Congratulations Dr. Rey!

    Each year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation identifies 20 to 30 exceptionally creative individuals with the potential for important work and provides them with financial support, freeing them to pursue their most innovative ideas. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.

  • Vescent Adds Israeli Distributor

    Vescent is pleased to welcome Kedem Technologies as our exclusive representative in Israel.  Kedem Technologies was founded in 2012 as a representative and distribution agency focused on their Israeli customer base and products needing special care and technical understanding.  Founder Ari Mizrachi has over 10 years experience in the photonics industry.

    For further information contact:

    Ari Mizrachi Kedem Technologies Tel: +972 54 6888237 US Line: +1 323 739 1608 UK Line: +44 20 7048 3011 Skype: ari_mizrachi e-mail: Kedem white logo