Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Research is in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy. His group is working on novel methods to cool, trap and manipulate atoms with the goal of exploring novel aspects of ultracold atomic matter and quantum physics in general. He developed key techniques to obtain Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute atomic gases. He was among the very first scientist to observe this phenomenon in 1995, and realized the first atom laswer in 1997. His earlier research was in molecular spectroscopy and combustion diagnostics.