Associate Professor of Physics
Director of Undergraduate Studies
B.Sc., Mathematics/Physics, 1996, University of British Columbia. Ph.D., Physics, 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Postdoctoral fellow, Physics, The Ohio State University 2001-2003. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell, 2003-2009. Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 2005-2007. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell, 2009-present.
Ultracold atomic gases, quantum optics, strongly correlated matter, and exotic quantum phenomena
I study the theory of atoms cooled to nK temperatures. At these temperatures, the classical image of atoms as small billiard balls must be replaced by a quantum mechanical picture of wave-packets. Although I am focused on basic science questions, this research may impact applications in quantum computing, precision measurement, and navigation.
I am particularly interested in how simple inter-atomic interactions lead to complex collective behavior. I am driven by a belief that studying these atomic systems can help refine our understanding of fundamental physics.
Much of my recent efforts have been dedicated to finding ways of taking important physics from other fields (solid state physics, nuclear physics, and high energy physics) and asking how one can design cold atom experiments to elucidate the phenomena.
My group works closely with a number of experimentalists, both at Cornell and elsewhere. We use an eclectic blend of analytic and numerical techniques.
Sayan Choudhury, Stefan Natu, Matthew Reichl, Bhuvanesh Sundar, and Yariv Yanay.