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Shimon Kolkowitz

Expert in experimental atomic physics and quantum science, with a focus on developing new quantum sensors and applying them to interesting problems in physics.

Assistant Professor, Physics College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-2865 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • In my research group, we are building ultra-precise atomic clocks, and are exploring and developing new and emerging applications of these remarkable devices.
  • In my research group, we are also using single-atom scale defects in diamonds as nanoscale probes.
  • We are developing new techniques and approaches to harnessing quantum mechanics to make more precise, accurate, and targeted "quantum sensors."


  • Author of highly cited research papers published in Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters, amongst a number of other journals.
  • I was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST, working on one of the world's most accurate and precise atomic clocks.
  • I have given a number of public lectures on quantum science and its applications, including an OBE "RED" Talk and a "Science on Tap" talk.