Atomic, Molecular, and Optical research at Michigan covers a broad range of topics. At the heart of this research is the quest for a more complete understanding of atoms, molecules, and the interaction of optical fields with atomic, biological, and solid-state systems. Current research in the department includes tests of fundamental symmetries; laser cooling and trapping of atoms and ions; trapping of Bose condensates in optical lattices, ultrafast laser science and spectroscopy; studies of Rydberg atoms; experimental and theoretical development of quantum information science, theoretical models of condensed matter systems simulated using optical lattice potentials; positron physics and microscopy; spectroscopy and coherent optical control of quantum dots, including applications to quantum information studies; strong matter-light coupling effects in semiconductor cavity QED systems; lasing, condensation, and quantum simulation using semiconductor polaritons; multi-dimensional coherent transient studies of biological and chemical reactions; biophysics with individual DNA strands; and biophysics of protein folding in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
In addition to individual research programs, the AMO Physics group is associated with the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP). The AMO Physics area has close ties to several related subfields and technologies, including astrophysics, high energy, nuclear, condensed matter, and atmospheric physics. Research connections outside the Department include the University of Michigan Applied Physics Program, Chemistry Department, Materials Science Department, Biophysics Program, Medical School, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.