MN’s Short Profile

Matthew grew up in Palo Alto, California, then attended Stanford University for undergraduate.  There, he majored in Engineering Physics, with a particular focus on the design of electric vehicles. 

In 2012, Matt moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he completed a Ph.D. in the group of James Thompson at JILA.  During his thesis work, Matt built an experiment to couple strontium atoms to an optical cavity using narrow linewidth optical transitions.  This platform enabled first studies of superradiant emission from the ultra-narrow “clock” transition in an ensemble of strontium atoms, non-destructive probing of atomic populations, a new method for spectroscopy based on “magnetically induced transparency,” and a new method of laser cooling that leverages coherent transfer of atomic populations for enhanced performance (called SWAP cooling).  These achievements were recognized with the JILA scientific achievement award in 2016, and Matt’s nomination as a finalist for the Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics. 

In October 2017, Matt Joined Adam Kaufman’s research group as an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow to build up a new experiment that uses optical tweezers to extend techniques of microscopic control to neutral strontium atoms.  This new platform enabled ground-state cooling and high fidelity imaging of arrays of individual strontium atoms, as well as the demonstration of a new optical clock platform based on arrays of isolated atoms in optical tweezers. 

In January 2020, Matt joined Prof. Francesca Ferlaino’s group at the IQOQI as a senior postdoc on the RARE experiment. 


MN’s CV at Glance

01/2020 – present

Senior postdoc in group of Prof. Ferlaino at the IQOQI


NRC postdoctoral fellow in group of Prof. Adam Kaufman at JILA


PhD student in group of Prof. James K. Thompson at JILA


Undergraduate studies at Stanford University

MN’s Rare Publications

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MN’s Other Publications

  1. Norcia, Matthew A., Aaron W. Young, William J. Eckner, Eric Oelker, Jun Ye, and Adam M. Kaufman, “Seconds-scale coherence on an optical clock transition in a tweezer array” Science 366 (2019)
  2. Norcia, Matthew A., “Coupling atoms to cavities using narrow linewidth optical transitions: applications to frequency metrology” Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (2019)
  3. Norcia, M. A., A. W. Young, and A. M. Kaufman, “Microscopic control and detection of ultracold strontium in optical-tweezer arrays”, PRX (2018)
  4. Lewis-Swan, Robert J., Matthew A. Norcia, Julia RK Cline, James K. Thompson, and Ana Maria Rey, “Robust spin squeezing via photon-mediated interactions on an optical clock transition”, PRL (2018)
  5. Bartolotta, John P., Matthew A. Norcia, Julia RK Cline, James K. Thompson, and Murray J. Holland, “Laser cooling by sawtooth-wave adiabatic passage”, PRA (2018)
  6. Norcia, Matthew A., Robert J. Lewis-Swan, Julia RK Cline, Bihui Zhu, Ana M. Rey, and James K. Thompson, “Cavity-mediated collective spin-exchange interactions in a strontium superradiant laser”, Science (2018)
  7. Muniz, Juan A., Matthew A. Norcia, Julia RK Cline, and James K. Thompson, “A Robust Narrow-Line Magneto-Optical Trap using Adiabatic Transfer”, arXiv:1806.00838 (2018)
  8. Norcia, Matthew A., Julia RK Cline, Juan A. Muniz, John M. Robinson, Ross B. Hutson, Akihisa Goban, G. Edward Marti, Jun Ye, and James K. Thompson, “Frequency measurements of superradiance from the strontium clock transition”, PRX (2018)
  9. Norcia, Matthew A., Julia RK Cline, John P. Bartolotta, Murray J. Holland, and James K. Thompson, “Narrow-line laser cooling by adiabatic transfer”, New Journal of Physics (2018)
  10. Norcia, Matthew A., Julia RK Cline, and James K. Thompson, “Role of atoms in atomic gravitational-wave detectors”, PRA (2017)
  11. Winchester, Matthew N., Matthew A. Norcia, Julia RK Cline, and James K. Thompson, “Magnetically Induced Optical Transparency on a Forbidden Transition in Strontium for Cavity-Enhanced Spectroscopy”, PRL (2017)
  12. Norcia, Matthew A., Matthew N. Winchester, Julia RK Cline, and James K. Thompson, “Superradiance on the millihertz linewidth strontium clock transition”, Science Advances (2016)
  13. Norcia, Matthew A., and James K. Thompson, “Cold-strontium laser in the superradiant crossover regime”, PRX (2016)
  14. Norcia, Matthew A., and James K. Thompson, “Simple laser stabilization to the strontium 88Sr transition at 707 nm”, Review of Scientific Instruments (2016)
  15. Norcia, Matthew A., and James K. Thompson, “Strong coupling on a forbidden transition in strontium and nondestructive atom counting”, PRA (2016)
  16. Cox, Kevin C., Matthew A. Norcia, Joshua M. Weiner, Justin G. Bohnet, and James K. Thompson, “Reducing collective quantum state rotation errors with reversible dephasing”, Applied Physics Letters (2014)
  17. Bohnet, Justin G., Kevin C. Cox, Matthew A. Norcia, Joshua M. Weiner, Zilong Chen, and James K. Thompson, “Reduced spin measurement back-action for a phase sensitivity ten times beyond the standard quantum limit”, Nature Photonics (2014)