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:

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.

7 October 2018

We put a paper on the arXiv describing some measurements of the rotational structure of the YbOH ground state.  These measurements were performed at ASU in collaboration with Tim Steimle.

27 September 2018

23 September 2018

Apply for the Caltech Postdoctoral Prize Fellowships in Experimental Physics or Astrophysics.  Applications are due November 7, 2018 to start in academic year 2019.

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.

18 June 2018
Welcome SURF students!

16 May 2018
We are officially a cold molecule lab!
YbOH absorption signal in the cell of a 3.8 K cryogenic buffer gas beam source.  The small spike at the beginning is the nuclear magnetic quadrupole moment.  Just kidding.

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