Jacob P. Covey

Jacob P. Covey
Jacob P. Covey

Primary Research Area

  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Assistant Professor
327 Loomis Laboratory

For More Information


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2017 (PhD advisors: Jun Ye and Deborah Jin. Thesis title: "Enhanced optical and electric manipulation of a quantum gas of KRb molecules")
  • 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 (Postdoctoral advisor: Manuel Endres)

Research Interests

  • Quantum Optics
  • Atomic Physics
  • Quantum Information Science

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals


  • J. P. Covey, W. Huie, N. Chen, L. Li, H. Bernien, and S. G. Menon, "Multiplexed telecommunication-band quantum networking with atom arrays in optical cavities", US Provisional Patent No. 63/359,699 (2022)
  • 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)

Teaching Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (2024 )

Research Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award  (2024 )
  • Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) (2023)
  • Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) (2022 )
  • Springer PhD Thesis Award (2018)

Other Honors

  • Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2024-2025 )
  • 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)

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
  • PHYS 370 - Intro to Quant Info and Comp

Semesters Ranked Excellent Teacher by Students

Fall 2023PHYS 370