Jacob P. Covey

Jacob P. Covey
Jacob P. Covey
Assistant Professor
327 Loomis Laboratory

For More Information


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2017
  • M.S., Physics, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2013
  • B.S., Engineering Physics (Physics and Mathematics as additional majors), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physics, August 2020 - Present
  • Richard Chace Tolman Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Physics, August 2017 - June 2020

Research Statement

Arrays of neutral atoms are quickly emerging as a scalable platform for quantum science. Recent breakthroughs have enabled the individual control of large numbers of neutral atoms through the use of reconfigurable optical tweezer arrays. More recently, this control has been extended to alkaline-earth(-like) atoms, which are employed in the most precise atomic clocks. Covey's research group will focus on arrays of neutral alkaline-earth(-like) atoms in optical tweezers. He is interested in a wide range of topics from fundamental physics to metrology to device engineering.

Research Interests

  • Quantum Optics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Quantum Information Science

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals


  • M. Endres, A. Cooper, J. P. Covey, I. S. Madjarov, A. L. Shaw, T. H. Yoon, V. schkolnik, and J. R. Williams, "Controlling Alkaline Earth Atoms For Quantum Computing And Metrology Applications", US Patent No. 10,809,177 B2 (2020)


  • Young Investigator Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (2022)
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research (ONR) (2022)
  • Springer PhD Thesis Award (2018)
  • Richard Chace Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship, Caltech (2017)
  • DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2013)
  • Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UW-Madison (2010)

Research Honors

  • Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (2022)
  • Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) (2022 )

Recent Courses Taught

  • PHYS 211 - University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 212 - University Physics: Elec & Mag
  • PHYS 213 - Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 214 - Univ Physics: Quantum Physics