Hutzler Lab @ Caltech


We are a relatively 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:

Student research fellowships supported by:

SURF Fellowships:
Bill Davis
James C. Whitney

WAVE Fellowships:

Student awards:

Click here for archived news

17 May 2021

SiPM crosstalk paper published in Optics Express.

4 May 2021

SiPM crosstalk paper posted to the arXiv.

27 April 2021

YbOH hyperfine paper posted to the arXiv.

6 April 2021

Buffer gas beam simulation paper published in Physical Review Research.

31 March 2021

16 February 2021

Thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for supporting our research through a Sloan Research Fellowship!

11 February 2021

YbOH axionlike particle sensitivity paper published in Phys. Rev. A

20 January 2021

Mercury polyatomic EDM sensitivity paper published in Atoms.

11 January 2021

Probing Fundamental Symmetries of Deformed Nuclei in Symmetric Top Molecules published in Physical Review Letters as an Editor's Suggestion.  See accompanying viewpoint from APS Physics here.

24 November 2020

Buffer gas beam simulation paper posted to the arXiv.

16 October 2020

Polyatomic precision measurement review published in Quantum Science and Technology

21 August 2020

Digital whiteboard teaching demo using OneNote posted on YouTube as part of the Caltech Adaptable Teaching Series

You can also click here to view some notes about how to use OneNote as a digital whiteboard for teaching.  Some of the specifics are tailored to Caltech, but hopefully the notes are easily applied elsewhere.  Watch the video above for a description of the advantages of this approach, but a primary advantage is the ability to have all the notes be viewable in a browser window in real time.  In other words, students can "scroll back" and see what you wrote a few minutes ago.

20 August 2020

10 August 2020

10 July 2020

Hello Summer Research Connection!

22 June 2020

Welcome SURF and WAVE students!

15 June 2020

Congratulations to Arian Jadbabaie for winning the John S. Stemple Memorial Prize!

8 June 2020

Black Lives Matter

ShutDownSTEM (June 10, 2020)

4 May 2020

Our chemical enhancement results were featured in Physics World.

26 Feb 2020

Learn more about the motivation for some of our research in this Minute Physics video about the missing anti-matter in the universe. 

25 Feb 2020

YbOH MQM sensitivity paper published in J. Chem. Phys.

19 Feb 2020

Chemical enhancement paper published in New Journal of Physics.

1 Feb 2020

Thank you to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for funding our PolyEDM search for the electron EDM using laser-cooled polyatomic molecules!

17 December 2019

YbOH MQM sensitivity paper posted on the arXiv.

25 October 2019

Chemically enhanced beam production paper posted on the arXiv.

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!

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