Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Ultra-cold Lithium atoms at UBC research lab

The Atomic, Molecular & Optical (AMO) group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC carries out research in both theoretical and experimental AMO science. Members of the group collaborate closely with local co-workers from the Departments of Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics), as well as with numerous colleagues around the world.

AMO physics is focused on understanding the interactions of atoms and molecules with one another and with external electro-magnetic fields.

Experiments and theory developed within this area of science have made contact with and an impact upon almost all domains of physics - from fundamental quantum theory to the fundamental symmetries of physical law, quantum measurement, cosmology, condensed matter physics, particle physics, biophysics, medical physics, astrophysics, plasmas physics and applied physics. The field is rapidly expanding and serves as the basis for many modern technological innovations.

Faculty Engaged in Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics Research

David Jones Associate Professor,
Atomic, Optical and Molecular Physics
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Research Field: Ultrafast Optics; Spectroscopy
Topics include: Femtosecond Frequency Combs, XUV Spectroscopy, Precision Spectroscopy
Kirk Madison Associate Professor,
Condensed Matter + Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO)
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Research Field: Ultra-cold atomic and molecular gases
Topics include: laser cooling and trapping
Valery Milner Associate Professor,
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
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Research Field: Ultrafast Quantum Coherent Control
Topics include: Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Ziliang Ye Assistant Professor,
Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
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Topics include: 2D Materials (Graphene, Transition Metal Dichalcogenide, etc.), Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy, Scanning Nearfield Optical Microscopy, Nanophotonic Devices (Silicon Photonics, Plasmonics, Metamaterials, etc.)
Jeff Young Professor,
Condensed Matter
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Research Field: Photonics, Condensed Matter Physics
Topics include: Photonic Crystals, Nonlinear Optics, Spintronics
Fei Zhou Professor,
Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
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Research Field: Quantum Magnetism/Quantum Many-body Physics/Applications of Quantum Fiield Theory/CFT
Topics include: Ultra-Cold Quantum Matter, Quantum-Fluctuation Driven Phenomena, Strong-Coupling Fixed Point Physics, Far-away From Equilibrium Quantum Dynamics, Quantum entanglement

Postdoctoral Fellows & Research Associates

Arthur Mills Research Associate,
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