AMO faculty

Tony F. Heinz (B.S. Stanford, 1978; Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1982) is an experimental optical and condensed matter physicist. By applying femtosecond laser techniques, his group investigates 0-D, 1-D, and 2-D materials that display properties intermediate between atoms or molecules and bulk media. Using linear and nonlinear optical techniques, methods for probing *single* nanostructures have been developed and applied to systems such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, semiconductor quantum dots, metallic nanoparticles, and surfaces and interfaces. State-of-the-art facilities for femtosecond spectroscopy are available to support these investigations.

Emlyn Hughes (B.S. Stanford, 1982; Ph.D. Columbia, 1987) is an experimental physicist working in the subfields of atomic, nuclear and particle physics.In atomic and nuclear physics, his research is directed at studying polarized noble gas by spin exchange optical pumping for use as polarized targets and polarized beams.This research also has medical applications in magnetic resonance imaging.In particle physics, he is a member of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, working on the ATLAS pixel detector.

Sebastian Will (Diplom in Physics,  Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 2006; Ph.D. Johannes Guttenberg Universitgy Mainz, 2011) is an experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physicist. His interests include Ultracold Quantum Matter with Novel Interactions and the investigation of ultracold quantum gases. He joined the Columbia Physics Department in the Fall of 2016.

Tanya Zelevinsky (S.B. MIT, 1999; Ph.D. Harvard, 2004) is an experimental atomic, molecular, and optical physicist.Her interests include ultracold atoms and their applications to precision measurements, quantum optics, atomic clocks, and ultracold chemistry.She joined the Columbia Physics Department in the spring of 2008.