viernes, 27 de diciembre de 2013

Ana Maria Rey, Atomic Physicist. MacArthur Fellow Class of 2013

MacArthur Fellows / Meet the Class of 2013

Ana Maria Rey. Atomic Physicist. Fellow of JILA. University of Colorado. Boulder, CO. Age: 36

Ana Maria Rey is a theoretical physicist working across the interfaces of atomic, molecular, optical, and condensed matter physics with the goal of using mathematical models to describe the complex behavior of nature. Rey is tackling this challenge through her research on ultracold optical-lattice systems, which will facilitate progress in areas such as quantum simulation and quantum information and enable the preparation of large-scale entanglement between atoms.

Through her ability and willingness to forge close collaborations across the physics community, Rey’s fundamental conceptual research in optical lattices is being leveraged by experimentalists to simulate, manipulate, and control novel states of matter, including quantum magnets, superfluids, and insulators that are important for understanding quantum phenomena like superconductivity. With colleagues, Rey is developing a comprehensive theoretical framework for an optical-lattice quantum computer based on alkaline earth metals. This effort has already proposed solutions for the key problems of storing, addressing, and transporting qubits (the quantum version of a classical bit in computing).

She is now working to resolve long-standing impediments to large-scale entanglement between atoms. A quantum computer requires entangled states—which occurs when the quantum states of two or more atoms become linked or connected—for both communication and computation. Rey’s theory offers a novel solution for maintaining coherence (or stability) in a quantum computer using unique properties of alkaline earth atoms, such as their large number of internal degrees of freedom. Rey’s collaborations with experimentalists have also enabled advances in the development of an optical atomic clock and quantum simulations with polar molecules and trapped ions, which in turn have opened up new theoretical explorations of quantum many-body effects and entanglement. Rey has started her independent career in research with significant contributions to condensed matter physics that harken a promising trajectory for novel theoretical approaches to quantum phenomena.

Ana Maria Rey received a B.S. (1999) from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and a Ph.D. (2004) from the University of Maryland. She was a postdoctoral researcher (2004–2005) with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a postdoctoral fellow (2005–2008) at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, prior to joining the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she is currently a fellow at JILA and a research assistant professor in the Department of Physics.

ORIGINAL: MacArthur Foundation
September 25, 2013 

University of MarylandCollege Park, Maryland, USA
Ph.D., Physics
August 2004
Dissertation Title: "Ultracold bosonic atoms in optical lattices"
Advisors: Charles W. Clark and Theodore R. Kirkpatrick
Universidad de los AndesBogota, Colombia
B.S., Physics
March 1999
Dissertation Title: "Propagation of electromagnetic radiation in Kerr's metric"
Advisors: Rafael Bautista
Academic Experience
Fellow of JILA
Assistant Professor Adjoint, Department of Physics
January 2012- Present

Associate Fellow of JILA
Assistant Professor Adjoint, Department of Physics
August 2008- 2011t

Institute of theoretical, Molecular, and optical Physics (ITAMP)
At the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Postdoctoral fellowSeptember, 2005 - 2008

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.
Postdoctoral researcher
September 2004 - September 2005

University of MarylandCollege Park, Maryland, USA.
Research Assistant
September 2000 - September 2004

Honors & Awards
Great Minds in STEM - Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award, Award year: 2013

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APS Woman Physicist of the Month - APS, Award year: 2012
Related News: Ana Maria Rey selected as APS Woman Physicist of the Month

Physical and Natural Sciences Prize - Fundacion Alejandro Angel Escobar, Award year: 2007

Postdoctoral fellowship, 2005 - 2008 - ITAMP, Award year: 2005

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (DAMOP thesis prize) - American Physical Society, Award year: 2005

Cooperative Fellowship NIST/Chemical Physics, 2002 - 2004 - University of Maryland, Award year: 2002

Departmental Fellowship, 2000 - 2002 - University of Maryland, Award year: 2000

Magna cum laude B.S. Physics degree - Universidad de los Andes, Award year: 1999

Best GPA award - Universidad de los Andes, Award year: 1998

Best GPA Award - Universidad de los Andes, Award year: 1997

"Beca 40 años" Fellowship, 1994 - 1998 - Universidad de los Andes, Award year: 1994

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