Ion Quantum Optics

Welcome to Steven Olmschenk's Ion Quantum Optics group. This research lab is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Denison University in Ohio.

Our research is focused on the quantum interface between matter and light. Towards this end, we are exploring novel techniques to integrate single trapped atomic ions with single photons, with a focus on applications in quantum information. In addition, these investigations may yield new insight in atomic physics and quantum optics, including a better understanding of the fundamental role of decoherence and measurement in each of these systems.

Also included on this site is relevant information about specific topics in atomic, molecular, and optical physics.

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from:

Army Research Office
Research Corporation
Denison University
Denison University Research Foundation


Four research students in the IQO lab this semester! Welcome back Patrick, Liz, Kristina, and Jackie.

The vacuum chamber is fully assembled (and baked), with pressure measured at about 10-11 torr.

Electron gun tested and ready.

Two independent study students in the lab this semester, and one senior researcher. Welcome back Patrick and Jackie, and welcome to new IQO lab member Kristina!

Patrick presents progress on spectroscopy in the hollow-cathode lamp at the Ohio College Research Symposium, held at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Welcome to new IQO lab members Liz, Jackie, and Patrick!

Nick, Brad, and Eric graduate from Denison University! Congratulations!

Dr. Olmschenk has been awarded a Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement!

Three students in the lab this semester as independent study students. Welcome back Brad and Nick, and welcome to new IQO member Eric!

The entire IQO lab attended the Midwest Cold Atom Workshop at Purdue University, with Brad and Nick giving a poster presentation on the progress in the lab.

Dr. Olmschenk has been awarded a grant from the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program!

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Website updated 2015.01.25
Funding: Army Research Office; Research Corporation; Denison University