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Travis L Nicholson

Assistant Professor of Physics
Box 90529, Durham, NC 27701
701 W. Main Street, Suite 100 Chesterfield, Durham, NC 27701


I am an experimental physicist that works on quantum science with ultracold atoms. I earned my PhD in 2015 from the University of Colorado, and my graduate research was performed at JILA in the group of Jun Ye. There I realized the most accurate atomic clock, which neither gains nor loses a second in 15 billion years. After that I did a postdoc at MIT, studying quantum nonlinear optics with ultracold rubidium. In 2017, I took a position as assistant professor of physics at the National University of Singapore and principal investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies. There I began my research in indium ultracold gases. In 2024 I was recruited to Duke as an assistant professor of physics with a joint appointment in ECE. I am also a principal investigator at the Duke Quantum Center.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Physics · 2024 - Present Physics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering · 2024 - Present Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering
Member of the Duke Quantum Center · 2024 - Present Duke Quantum Center, Pratt School of Engineering

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Colorado, Boulder · 2015 Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder · 2011 M.S.