Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

The Atomic, Molecular & Optical (AMO) group at UBC is comprised of Professors in both the Physics and Chemistry departments, and research in theory and experimental AMO physics is conducted both at UBC and at TRIUMF, Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics.

The field of AMO physics, traditionally focused on

Ultra-cold Lithium atoms at UBC research lab
understanding the physics of atoms and molecules, is more generally concerned with understanding and exploiting the optical properties of matter. Experiments and theory developed within this field have made contact with and an impact upon almost all domains of physics - from fundamental quantum theory, the fundamental symmetries of physical law, quantum measurement, cosmology, condensed matter physics, particle physics, biophysics, medical physics, astrophysics, plasmas physics, and applied physics. Recent contributions and innovations of this field have been recognized by three Nobel Prize awards in Physics to a total of 9 researchers in the past 9 years! As a testament to the recency of progress, these awards were given for work done just within the last decade of the 20th century. This 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

Adjunct Professors

John Behr TRIUMF Res.Sc./Adjunct, PHAS,
Subatomic Physics
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Jens Dilling Adjunct Professor/TRIUMF,
Subatomic Physics
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Takamasa Momose Associate Member,
Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO) /Astronomy & Astrophysics
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Research Field: Laser Spectroscopy/Astrochemistry
Topics include: cold molecules, low temperature molecular physics and chemistry
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