Shimon Kolkowitz


Physics South Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-7300
Job title: 
Herst Chair Associate Professor of Physics

Shimon Kolkowitz is an atomic physicist and quantum scientist, with his experimental research focusing on quantum sensing, precision measurement, and metrology. Shimon’s research group has pioneered new techniques and applications for ultra-precise optical atomic clocks, and new measurement tools that make use of atom-scale defects in diamond. Shimon was an undergraduate at Stanford University, graduating with distinction in 2008 with a B.S. in Physics. Shimon earned his PhD in experimental physics at Harvard in 2015 with advisor Professor Mikhail Lukin, where his research focused on quantum sensing with defects in diamond. He was subsequently a National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellow at JILA/NIST/CU Boulder in the research group of Professor Jun Ye from 2015-2017, working on metrology and quantum science with optical lattice atomic clocks. Shimon started a faculty position in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2018 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2022. Shimon is a 2019 Packard Science and Engineering Fellow, a 2022 Sloan Research Fellow, and is a recent recipient of the NSF CAREER award. In July of 2023, Shimon will join the UC Berkeley Physics department as an associate professor and the holder of the Herst Chair.

Research Interests

Precision measurement; nanoscale sensing; metrology; timekeeping; tests of relativity; quantum sensing; quantum optics.


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