Hutzler Lab @ Caltech


We are a new lab at Caltech that uses lasers to control atoms and molecules for table-top experiments in fundamental nuclear and particle physics, by using and developing techniques that also have applications to quantum information, computation, and many-body systems.  There are openings for research positions and internships at all levels - undergraduate, masters, graduate, and post-doc.

If you want to know about (or already know about!) any of the following, then we definitely have something for you to work on, and you should get in touch
  • Lasers and optics
  • Cryogenics
  • Vacuum
  • Mechanical design and fabrication
  • Laser cooling and trapping
  • Gas kinetics and dynamics
  • Electronics
  • Quantum manipulation of atoms and molecules
  • Automation and control
  • Creation of exotic atoms and molecules in the gas-phase 
  • Coffee
  • Atomic and molecular structure
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Calculations and modeling

We are extremely grateful to receive support from the following sources:

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1 October 2019

Please consider applying for a Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships in Experimental Physics or Astrophysics.  Applications are due November 8.

27 September 2019

Good bye to Cherie Capri, who is starting as the administrator for the Caltech SphereX team.  Thanks for everything!

Welcome to our new administrative assistant, Nancy Roth-Rappard.

8 August 2019

Binning paper published in Metrologia.  Chi squared sometimes shouldn't be one!

1 August 2019

Hypermetallic molecules for precision measurements paper published in PRA as an Editor's Suggestion.

1 July 2019

17 June 2019

Welcome SURF and WAVE students!

19 April 2019

YbOH effective internal field paper published in PRA.

16 March 2019

Given as part of Caltech's Science for March event

27 February 2019

We put a pre-print on the arXiv describing how molecules with multiple metal centers (hypermetallic molecules) might be interesting for precision measurements... and more!

22 February 2019

The Caltech Quantum Information Association (CQIA) is a new club at Caltech that we are happy to welcome!  From the website:

The association serves as a platform for members working on theory, experiment, and engineering in fields relevant to Quantum Information to exchange novel ideas and share expertise with resources. The goal is to foster strong ties and promote campus-wide multidisciplinary collaborations that lead to innovative research topics.

Check out the website for a list of events, and some recent blog posts about topological quantum computingquantum computing in the near term, and of course our research

15 February 2019

Thank you to the National Science Foundation for supporting our research through a CAREER Award for Nick Hutzler.

29 November 2018

13 November 2018

Our lab will be participating in the inaugural QuantumSURF program.  Click here for details, including information about how to apply.

8 November 2018

We are honored to have won a Precision Measurement Grant from NIST to support our work on precision measurements in polyatomic molecules!

20 October 2018

SURF Seminar Day!

2018 SURFers @ Caltech - Camilla, Emily, Claire, and David.  Alicia was at Yale with the DeMille Group.

Full disclosure: some of these photos were taken back in August for summer seminar day.

8 August 2018

We were featured in Pasadena Outlook for our part in helping the Chandler School take a journey to space (without leaving the comfortable confines of Caltech...)
Pasadena Outlook, 9 August 2019 (click for larger version)

31 July 2018
Summer 2018 Group Photo
Left to right: Priscilla, Gabby, David, Claire, Camilla, Arian, Nick H, Emily, Nick P
Not pictured: Jacob, Toros

17 July 2018
Nick lying to children at the Chandler School about how big that fish was.

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