ColdQuanta™ grew out of decades of research in atomic physics by Professor Dana Anderson and his work at JILA. His novel patented technology attracted the company’s founding partners who comprise of recognized and experienced leaders in business as well as in Bose-Einstein technologies. Their goal was for the company to become a world leader in commercial cold and ultracold atom technology. The founders mix of business and scientific professionals allows it to pursue the strategy of leveraging its intellectual property and partnering with academic institutions, government entities, and investment capital to produce innovative solutions to the evolving demands of the burgeoning quantum technology fields.
Professor Dana Z. Anderson holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, and is a Fellow of JILA, a joint institute between the University of Colorado and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. He is also Director of the Optical Science and Engineering Program at the University of Colorado. Since 1993 he has been involved in guiding and manipulating cold and ultracold atoms. He and his collaborators Professor Carl Wieman and Dr. Eric Cornell (2001 Nobel Laureates in Physics) first demonstrated guiding of cold atoms through hollow core optical fibers in the mid-1990’s and he and Dr. Cornell performed many of the earliest works guiding cold atoms on an “atom chip”, including the first demonstration of a chip-based atom Michelson interferometer. Professor Anderson’s group demonstrated the first ultracold atom chip portable vacuum system in 2004, and has been heavily involved in DoD-funded activities to develop ultracold atom chip systems.
Rainer Kunz served as CEO and President of ColdQuanta for over 9 years before retiring at the end of 2015. A founder of the company he navigated the company from a bare-bones start-up funded by a few investors to a self-sustaining growing business with more than 20 employees. His vision was to create a company with value for its customers, shareholders and employees along with providing a challenging, satisfying and enjoyable work environment for the staff. Without recourse to further outside funding, Rainer guided the company into being a product driven company with a dynamic contract side to the business.
Prior to ColdQuanta he was Director of Business Development at Broadcom after the acquisition of AltoCom. At AltoCom (communications technology), he served as VP Sales & Marketing achieving sales levels that helped AltoCom become an attractive acquisition target, leading to a company valuation (through acquisition) of $174 million after only three years. He had a long tenure at Apple, in Europe as well as the headquarters in Cupertino, CA, with various positions in sales and account management
Professor Theodor Hänsch
Professor Theodor W. Hänsch is a Director at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching and Carl Friedrich von Siemens Professor at the Department of Physics of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany, where he received his doctorate in laser physics in 1969. In 1970, he joined Arthur L. Schawlow at Stanford University as a postdoc. Two years later, he accepted a faculty appointment at the Stanford Physics Department, where he worked as a Full Professor from 1975 until he returned to his native Germany in 1986. In 1974, Hänsch and Schawlow made a seminal proposal for laser cooling of atomic gases. Twenty-five years later, Hänsch and his Munich team were the first to realize Bose-Einstein condensation on a microfabricated atom chip. In 2005, Theodor W. Hänsch shared half of the Physics Nobel Prize with John L. Hall for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique.
Professor Jakob Reichel
Jakob Reichel studied physics at the universities of Bonn and Munich (Germany) and received his PhD for work on subrecoil laser cooling at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (France). He then moved back to Germany to work with Ted Hänsch at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, with the goal “to do something new with cold atoms”. Together they developed what is now known as the atom chip. A breakthrough was achieved in 2001 when the group obtained a Bose-Einstein condensate on a microchip. In 2004 Jakob accepted a full professor position at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel in Paris, where his group explores the applications of atom chips in quantum information and precision metrology.