Al+ Optical Clocks
 P. O. Schmidt et al., "Spectroscopy using quantum logic", Science 309, 749-752 (2005)
 C. W. Chou et al., "Frequency Comparison of Two High-Accuracy Al+ Optical Clocks", Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 070802 (2010)
 J.-S. Chen et al., "Sympathetic Ground State Cooling and Time Dilation Shifts in a 27Al+ Optical Clock", Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 053002 (2017)
Hg+ Optical Clock
The mercury ion optical clock, operating in a cryogenic environment, was the first to demonstrate performance exceeding that of the microwave clock standards and continues to be one of the best-characterized optical clocks [1, 2]. It is particularly interesting for the strong dependence of its frequency on the fine-structure constant, which can be exploited to test for drifts of the fundamental "constants" .
 S. A. Diddams et al., "An Optical Clock Based on a Single Trapped 199Hg+ Ion", Science 293, 825 (2001)
 W. H. Oskay et al., "Single-atom optical clock with high accuracy", Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 020801 (2006)
 T. Rosenband et al., "Frequency ratio of Al+ and Hg+ single-ion optical clocks; Metrology at the 17th decimal place", Science 319, 1808 (2008)
Molecules, in comparison to atoms, exhibit more complicated internal structure, which presents both experimental challenges and great opportunities for exploring new physics. In this project, the tools of quantum information processing are applied to performing precision measurement and quantum control of a single molecular ion .
 D. Leibfried, "Quantum state preparation and control of single molecular ions", New J. Phys. 14, 023029 (2012)
 C. W. Chou et al. "Preparation and Coherent Manipulation of Pure Quantum States of a Single Molecular Ion", Nature 545, 203 (2017)
Optical Frequency Stabilization
As a key enabling technology for many high-resolution spectroscopy experiments, we are developing state-of-the-art frequency-stabilized lasers with linewidths in the mHz regime . One project currently underway investigates laser stabilization using a technique called spectral hole burning [2, 3]. Another project pursues laser stabilization using a cryogenically cooled optical cavity.
 B. C. Young et al., "Visible lasers with subhertz linewidths", Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 3799 (1999)
 M. J. Thorpe et al., "Frequency-stabilization to 6x10^-16 via spectral-hole burning", Nat. Phot. 10, 1038 (2011)
 S. Cook et al., "Laser-Frequency Stabilization Based on Steady-State Spectral-Hole Burning in Eu3+∶Y2SiO5", Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 253902 (2015)