David Hume is a staff physicist in the Ion Storage Group. His projects aim at developing and improving optical clocks using quantum metrology techniques. Notably, quantum-logic spectroscopy allows for precision measurement of a broad array trapped-ion species that cannot be directly laser cooled or detected. His group operates optical clocks based on quantum logic spectroscopy of aluminum ions and uses them for applications ranging from frequency standards to fundamental physics.
NIST Bronze Medal, Precision Molecular Spectroscopy, 2021
NIST Gold Medal, Optical Clock Network, 2019
Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2012
National Research Council Fellowship, 2011