Charlie Doret

Assistant Professor of Physics

Bronfman Science Center Rm 063 Mail to: Thompson Physics

413-597-4030 (lab)


B.A. Williams College (2002)
A.M. Harvard University (2006)
Ph.D. Harvard University (2010)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

PHYS 411 T

Classical Mechanics

Scholarship/Creative Work

Research Interests

Atomic systems occupy a beautiful niche in physics. Atoms and molecules are often simple enough to be quite tractable theoretically while offering a rich internal structure and a varied array of interactions that may be probed and controlled by the experimentalist. Understanding these details is of course imperative for learning about the atoms themselves. However, our control over these systems also gives us an opportunity to use them as tools for exploring phenomena in other areas of physics and chemistry, ranging from condensed matter to cosmology. Furthermore, when properly harnessed atoms find a host of technological applications, such as quantum-limited sensing or as reference oscillators for the atomic clocks that underpin the Global Positioning System.

My particular interest is in applying simple systems of trapped atomic to quantum simulation, in which a trapped-ion crystal is used to emulate the behavior of a more complicated quantum system. To do this, we trap calcium ions using DC and RF electric fields generated by a surface-electrode Paul trap, and use lasers to control, manipulate, and read-out the quantum states of the trapped ions.


Automatic quantum experiment control: from circuit compiler to ion routing. K. E. Stevens, Jason M. Amini, S. Charles Doret, Curtis Volin, and Alexa Harter. Submitted to Springer’s Special Issue on Trapped Ion Quantum Information Processing (2014).

Transformed composite sequences for improved qubit addressing. J. True Merrill, S. Charles Doret, Grahame Vittorini, J. P. Addison, and Kenneth R. Brown. Phys. Rev. A 90, 040301 (2014).

Spatially uniform single-qubit gate operations with near-field microwaves and composite pulse compensation. Christopher M. Shappert, J. True Merrill, K. R. Brown, Jason M. Amini, Curtis Volin, S. Charles Doret, Harley Hayden, C.-S. Pai, Kenneth R. Brown, and Alexa W. Harter. New J. Phys. 15, 083053 (2013).

Modular cryostat for ion trapping with surface-electrode ion traps. Grahame Vittorini, Kenneth Wright, Kenneth R. Brown, Alexa W. Harter, and S. Charles Doret. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 84, 043112 (2013).

Reliable transport through a microfabricated X-junction surface-electrode ion trap. Kenneth Wright, Jason M. Amini, Daniel L. Faircloth, Curtis Volin, S. Charles Doret, Harley Hayden, C.-S. Pai, David W. Landgren, Douglas Denison, Tyler Killian, Richart E. Slusher, and Alexa W. Harter. New J. Phys. 15, 033004 (2013).

Controlling trapping potentials and stray electric fields in a microfabricated ion trap through design and compensation. S. Charles Doret, Jason M. Amini, Kenneth Wright, Curtis Volin, Tyler Killian, Arkadas Ozakin, Douglas Denison, Harley Hayden, C.-S. Pai, Richart E. Slusher, and Alexa W. Harter. New J. Phys. 14, 073012 (2012).

Demonstration of integrated microscale optics in surface-electrode ion traps. J. True Merrill, Curtis Volin, David Landgren, Jason M. Amini, Kenneth Wright, S. Charles Doret, C.-S. Pai, Harley Hayden, Tyler Killian, Daniel Faircloth, Kenneth R. Brown, Alexa W. Harter, and Richart E. Slusher. New J. Phys. 13, 103005 (2011).

Large spin-relaxation rates in trapped submerged-shell atoms. Colin B. Connolly, Yat Shan Au, S. Charles Doret, Wolfgang Ketterle, and John M. Doyle. Phys. Rev. A 81, 010702(R) (2009).

Buffer-gas cooled Bose-Einstein condensate. S. Charles. Doret, Colin B. Connolly, Wolfgang Ketterle, and John M. Doyle. Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 103005 (2009).

Spin-exchange collisions of submerged shell atoms below 1 Kelvin. J.G.E. Harris, S.V. Nguyen, S.C. Doret, W. Ketterle, and J.M. Doyle. Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 223201 (2007).

Evaporative cooling of metastable helium in the multi-partial-wave regime. S. V. Nguyen, S. C. Doret, C. B. Connolly, R. A. Michniak, W. Ketterle, and J. M. Doyle. Phys. Rev. A 72, 060703(R) (2005).

Magnetic trapping of the rare-earth atoms at millikelvin temperatures. C. I. Hancox, S. C. Doret, M. T. Hummon, L. Luo, and J. M. Doyle. Nature 43, 281 (2004).

Suppression of angular momentum transfer in cold collisions of non-S-state transition metal atoms. C. I. Hancox, S. C. Doret, M. T. Hummon, R. Krems, and J. M. Doyle. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 013201 (2004).

Measurement of the Stark shift within the 6P1/2 → 7S1/2 378-nm transition in atomic thal-lium. S. C. Doret, P. D. Friedberg, A. J. Speck, D. S. Richardson, and P. K. Majumder. Phys. Rev. A 66, 052504 (2002).

Current Funding

Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement:
Measuring Quantum Heat Transport with Chains of Trapped Ions (2015-2017)