Carl E. Wieman

Carl Wieman is also a Fellow of JILA

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Distinguished Professor of Physics. Ph.D. Stanford University, 1977; National Academy of Sciences, 1995; Sloan Fellow 1984, Guggenheim Fellow 1990-91; Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1990; Frew Fellowship (Australian Academy of Science),1998;DOE E. O. Lawrence award in Physics, 1993: APS Davisson-Germer prize, 1994;  Einstein medal for Laser Science, 1995; Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award (Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers), 1996; Fritz London Prize in Low Temperature Physics (IUPAP), 1996; Distinguished Research Lectureship, (University of Colorado), 1996; Newcomb Cleveland Prize (AAAS), 1996; King Faisal International Prize for Science, 1997; 1997 Award for Science; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, elected 1998; 1998 Lorentz Medal (Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts & Sciences); 1999 Schawlow Prize for Laser Science (Am. Phys. Soc.); Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Chicago, 1997; Cherwell-Simon Lecturer, (Oxford University), 1999; R. W. Wood Prize (Optical Society of America), 1999; Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar 1999-2000; Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (Franklin Institute) 2000.


Professor Wieman's research has involved the use of lasers and atoms to explore fundamental problems in physics. His group has carried out a variety of precise laser spectroscopy measurements, including the most accurate measurements of parity nonconservation in atoms and the discovery of the anapole moment. He also has worked extensively on using laser light and magnetic fields to cool and trap atoms and to investigate the physics of ultracold atoms.

In collaboration with Eric Cornell, Wieman developed the cooling techniques that allowed them to create the first Bose-Einstein condensation in an atomic vapor. Much of Wieman's recent research has involved the study of condensate properties and improved ways to create and study condensates. He also continues to investigate novel techniques for improved optical trapping and cooling of atoms.

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