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Ion Storage Group

The Ion Storage Group conducts experiments on atomic and molecular ions that are confined in vacuum in electromagnetic traps. We cool and manipulate the ions with lasers and electric or magnetic fields for applications in quantum information science and precision measurement.

The Ion Storage Group consists of staff physicists John Bollinger (group leader), Allison Carter, James Chin-Wen Chou, David Hume, Dietrich Leibfried, Mason Marshall, Daniel Slichter, and Andrew Wilson, along with an international group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Our research covers a wide range of topics in experimental quantum information science and precision measurement. Please click on the pictures above for more information on these research areas, to see a listing of the group's publications, or to learn about group members and alumni.

We have a variety of research opportunities for skilled and motivated students and postdocs. Please contact us if you are interested in learning about current openings.

The Ion Storage Group was founded and led until 2017 by Dave Wineland, who received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for the work that he and the group carried out at NIST. You can read more about Dave Wineland and the history of ion trapping at NIST here: NIST and the Nobel: Dave Wineland

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