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Ian Spielman (Fed)

Spielman's current experiments lie at the intersection of condensed matter and atomic physics, realizing many-body systems with systems of ultra-cold atoms.

Current projects: (1) creating magnetic/optical configurations leading to synthetic gauge fields, for example, making the charge neutral bosons or fermions move like charged particles in a magnetic field, or act as if they experience the classic Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings; (2) using Feshbach resonances in 40K to control interactions Hamiltonians; (3) studying ultracold 87Rb in a optical lattices, thus realizing the 2D Bose-Hubbard model; and (4) realizing artificial gauge fields using the RF fields produced by an atom chip.


  1. 2015 APS Rabi Award
  2. 2014 Selected as a NIST Fellow
  3. 2014 NIST Stratton Award
  4. 2012 Elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
  5. 2012 Kavli Fellow.
  6. 2011 Junior BEC Award: For the first experimental realization of synthetic magnetic fields and spin-orbit couplings in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates.
  7. 2011 IUPAP prize: the IUPAP Prize rewards a young researcher who has a leading personal role in the achievement of original and outstanding contributions to the field of AMO physics.
  8. 2011 Arthur S. Flemming Award, recognizing distinguished service in the federal government. Citation: “For pioneering research in quantum physics, particularly the novel use of controlled quantum systems, specifically ultracold atomic gases, to model quantum phenomena that are difficult to observe in other settings.”
  9. 2010 PECASE Award: Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
  10. 2010 Maryland Academy of Sciences: Young scientist of the year award.
  11. 2010 Popular Science Brilliant 10. Citation: “his manipulation of atoms chilled to near-absolute zero could help create high-temperature superconductors.”
  12. 2009 NIST Bronze Metal. Citation: “For the development of methods to simulate condensed matter models by creating simple experimental realizations using ultra-cold atomic gases”
  13. 2009 NIST Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award. Citation: “In recognition for your highly innovative studies of Bose-Einstein condensates in two-dimensional lattices.”


An ultra-low noise bipolar current source

Ian Spielman, Alessandro Restelli, Mingshu Zhao, Junheng Tao, Qiyu Liang
The precise control of dc magnetic fields is crucial in wide range of experimental platforms, from ultracold quantum gases, nuclear magnetic resonance, to
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022