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Assistant Professor of Physics

Varian Physics Building, Rm. 238
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

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In between the few-particle realm where we have mastered quantum mechanics and the macroscopic domain describable by classical physics, there lies a broad swath of territory where quantum effects are relevant but still largely out of our control and partly beyond our comprehension.  This territory includes metrological instruments whose precision is limited by the quantum projection noise of millions of atoms; and materials whose bulk properties emerge from many-body interactions intractable to simulation on classical computers. Professor Schleier-Smith’s research aims to advance our control and understanding of many-particle quantum systems by engineering new quantum states and Hamiltonians with ensembles of ultracold atoms.

Areas of Interest

  • Cavity QED with atomic spin ensembles
  • Generation & detection of many-particle entanglement
  • Quantum metrology
  • Cavity optomechanics
  • Artificial gauge fields for ultracold atoms

Career History

Schleier-Smith received her B.A. in 2005 from Harvard University, having studied Chemistry and Physics and (secondarily) Mathematics. She subsequently pursued graduate studies in experimental atomic physics at MIT.  After receiving her Ph.D. in 2011, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the Ludwig-Maximilian-University (Munich), before arriving at Stanford in the fall of 2013.

Honors and Awards

  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship