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Ion Storage Group

The Ion Storage Group conducts experiments on laser cooled atomic ions that are confined in electromagnetic traps. Experiments employ RF (Paul) traps and Penning traps for applications in quantum information processing and precision measurements.

The Ion Storage Group consists of John Bollinger (group leader), Didi Leibfried, Daniel Slichter, and Andrew Wilson (staff physicists, quantum information), James Chou, David Hume and David Leibrandt (staff physicists, precision measurements) and an international group of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working on experiments in quantum information and precision measurements. Please click on the pictures above for more information on these research areas or see our lists of publications organized by topic: Ion frequency standards, Quantum logic and coherent control, Penning traps and non-neutral plasmas, General and miscellaneous.

We frequently have research opportunities for motivated students and postdocs. Please contact us if you are interested in learning about current opportunities.

News and Updates

Projects and Programs


Quantum-enhanced sensing of a mechanical oscillator

Katherine C. McCormick, Jonas Keller, Shaun C. Burd, David J. Wineland, Andrew C. Wilson, Dietrich G. Leibfried
The use of special quantum states in interferometry with bosons to achieve sensitivities below the limits established by classical-like coherent dates back

Quantum amplification of motion of a mechanical oscillator

Shaun C. Burd, Raghavendra Srinivas, John J. Bollinger, Andrew C. Wilson, David J. Wineland, Dietrich G. Leibfried, Daniel H. Slichter, David T. Allcock
Detection of the weakest forces in nature and the search for new physics demand increasingly sensitive measurements of the motion of mechanical oscillators

Quantum gate teleportation between separated zones of a trapped-ion processor

Yong Wan, Daniel Kienzler, Stephen D. Erickson, Karl H. Mayer, Ting R. Tan, Jenny J. Wu, Hilma H. Macedo De Vasconcelos, Scott C. Glancy, Emanuel H. Knill, David J. Wineland, Andrew C. Wilson, Dietrich G. Leibfried
Large-scale quantum computers will inevitably require quantum gate operations between widely separated qubits, even within a single quantum information


2013 NAI Fellow - Dave Wineland

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific...


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