Jungsang Kim was a bit of an anomaly at Duke when he joined the faculty in 2004. Fresh out of the telecommunications industry, and with a PhD in physics from Stanford, Kim soon filled his new Duke lab in electrical and computer engineering with delicate, complex constructions marrying physics and engineering: reconfigurable optical systems whose tiny mirrors—each about the span of a single eyelash—were micro-machined from silicon and designed to work in parallel to precisely steer beams of laser light.
The next year, Kim published a proposed optical approach to ion trapping — holding a charged atom in place with electromagnetic fields and manipulating them with laser light — and made it official: Duke had its first quantum information lab.
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