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NIST Physicist Receives APS I.I. Rabi Prize

For Immediate Release: November 9, 2006

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Contact: Michael Baum

The American Physical Society (APS) announced last week the selection of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist Jun Ye, to receive the 2007 I.I. Rabi Prize. Named for the 1944 Nobel Laureate Isidor Isaac Rabi, the award is made every two years by the APS “To recognize and encourage outstanding research in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics by investigators who have held a Ph.D. for 10 years or less.”

Ye, a NIST Fellow in the Quantum Physics Division also is a Fellow of JILA, a cooperative research institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and serves as a professor adjoint in the CU-Boulder physics department.

He is being recognized “for advances in precision measurement, including techniques for stabilizing and measuring optical frequencies, controlling the phase of femtosecond laser pulses, and measuring molecular transitions.”

Past winners of the prestigious award include his colleagues Deborah Jin and Eric Cornell. See www.aps.org/praw/07winners.cfm.