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Quantum degenerate gases, laser-cooled atomic clocks, optical lattices, etc.

Biological Physics

Interactions across scales from intracellular signalling to ecosystems.

Condensed Matter

Quantum coherent ground states, spintronics, magnetism, materials physics, and nanoscience.

Gravitational Physics

Quantum gravity and general relativity.

Particle Astrophysics

Ultrahigh energy cosmic-rays, cosmological neutrinos, cosmic antimatter, etc.
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The fused silica chamber holding an optical lattice of cesium atoms.

Experiments in atomic and molecular physics at Penn State include: Bose Einstein condensation; earth and space-based laser-cooled atomic clocks; the structure and dynamics of atomic and molecular clusters; laser cooling and trapping of atoms; tests of fundamental symmetries; quantum computation; quantum scattering of cold atoms; and optical lattices.

CastlemanWill Castleman (Experiment)
GemelkeNathan Gemelke (Experiment)
GibbleKurt Gibble (Experiment)
LarsonDaniel (Dan) Larson (Experiment)
O'HaraKenneth O'Hara (Experiment)
RigolMarcos Rigol (Theory, Computation)
WeissDavid Weiss (Experiment, Computation)

Recent Publications

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Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics