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William D. Phillips (Fed)

Research Projects

Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms

Atomic-Gas Bose-Einstein Condensates

Quantum Information with Single-Atom Qubits


Awards and Honors

2006 Service to America Award - Career Achievement

2005 Presidential Rank Award

2004 Appointed an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

2002 NIST Condon Award

2000 Richtmeyer Award of the Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers

1998 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

1997 Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light" shared with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji


Photon thermalization via laser cooling of atoms

Chiao-Hsuan Wang, Michael Gullans, James V. Porto, William D. Phillips, Jacob M. Taylor
The cooling of atomic motion by scattered light enables a wide variety of technological and scientific explorations. Here we focus on laser cooling from the

An introduction to the new SI

Peter J. Mohr, Sandra Knotts, William D. Phillips
Plans are underway to redefine the International System of Units (SI) around 2018. The new SI specifies the values of certain physical constants to define units
Created October 9, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021