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AMO researchers explore some of the most exciting and hottest areas of physics. Among these are: laser cooling and trapping; quantum optics; atom optics; ultracold collisions; ultracold plasmas; quantum information; quantum-degenerate gases and Bose-Einstein condensation. Recent advances in these areas have opened so many new avenues of research in AMO that this field is one of the most rapidly expanding in all of physics.


  • William Phillips, College Park Professor 
  • Luis Orozco, Professor
  • Steve Rolston, Professor and Director
  • Christopher Monroe, Bice Zorn Professor
  • Howard Milchberg, Professor
  • Ki-Yong Kim, Associate Professor
  • Wendell Hill, Affiliate Professor
  • Charles Clark, Adjunct Professor
  • Carl Williams, Adjunct Professor
  • Paul Julienne, Adjunct Professor
  • Paul Lett, Adjunct Professor
  • Alan Migdall, Adjunct Professor
  • Trey Porto, Adjunct Professor
  • Gretchen Campbell, Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Jeremy Munday, Affiliate Assistant Professor
  • Jacob Taylor, Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Eite Tiesinga, Adjunct Professor
  • Ian Spielman, Adjunct Professor
  • Alexey Gorshkov, Adjunct Assistant Professor 


Research Areas

  • Laser Cooling & Trapping
  • Quantum Optics & Francium Spectroscopy
  • Quantum Optics & Strong Field Physics
  • Intense Laser Matter Interactions
  • Bose-Einstein Condensation and Ultracold Plasmas
  • Trapped Ions and Quantum Information

Related Centers and Institutes:  

Joint Quantum Institute

Physics Frontier Center

Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science 

Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physicsin Electronics and Applied Physics

Condensed Matter Theory Center

Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials