Atomic-Molecular-Optical Physics

The chief aim of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics is to manipulate and control matter at the quantum level to enable a host of new technologies and fundamental physics measurements. Many of the technologies necessary for the modern world, e.g. lasers and GPS, have their roots in AMO physics. Likewise, atomic physicist performed many foundational fundamental physics measurements, such as measurement of the Lamb shift, measurement of g-2, and demonstration of quantum degenerate gases.

The UCLA AMO group is working to both develop methods to bring new forms of quantum matter under control and use existing systems to demonstrate new technologies and perform new measurements.  Current research projects are working to understand quantum magnetism using quantum information protocols in trapped ions, developing new methods for producing ultracold molecules and molecular ions, and developing next generation optical clocks.