Michael Bishof is an Assistant Physicist in the Medium Energy Physics group of the Physics Division. His work includes contributing to the 225Ra EDM collaboration, where he is working to improve measurement precision using new atom detection techniques and improved HV electrodes, as well as constructing a new analysis instrument for the Physics Divisions's Laboratory for Radiokrypton Dating. He is also working to improve cold atom experiments based on rare, radioactive isotopes by developing improved trapping and manipulation techniques base on adaptive optics. His research interests include: atom trap trace analysis (ATTA), fundamental symmetries, precision measurement, novel atom cooling and trapping techniques, and applications of atomic physics techniques.
Michael earned his PhD in physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. He worked under the supervision of Prof. Jun Ye at JILA, a joint institute between the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His work contributed to the most accurate and precise clock ever made based on laser-trapped, ultracold strontium atoms. The main focus of his work was using the precision of atomic clock systems to understand atomic interactions, study manybody physics, and create quantum-limited sensors.
In 2014, he joined the Medium Energy Physics Group as a Director's Fellow. He contributed to the first ever measurement of the Electric Dipole Moment (EDM) of 225Ra and subsequently improved this measurement by over an order of magnitude.