Emeritus Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Physics Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) University of Maryland and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Room 2107, Atlantic Building, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742
Member, National Academy of Sciences Fellow, Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Atomic Physics, American Physical Society
Education and Employment
Wofford College, Chemistry, B. S. (1965)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chemical Physics, Ph. D. (1969)
National Bureau of Standards (NBS), NAS-NRC postdoctoral research associate, 1969-1971
National Bureau of Standards (NBS), postdoctoral research associate, 1971-1973
Naval Research Laboratory, staff, 1973-1974
NIST/NBS, staff, 1974-1995
NIST, Group Leader, Quantum Processes Group, Atomic Physics Division, 1995-2003
NIST Fellow, 2003-2013
Joint Quantum Institute Fellow, University of Maryland and NIST, 2007-2013
A. Goban, R. B.. Hutson, G. E. Marti. S. L. Campbell, M. A. Perlin, P. S. Julienne, J. P. D’Incao, A. M. Rey, J. Ye, “Emergence of multi-body interactions in few-atom sites of a fermionic lattice clock,” Nature, 563, 369–373 (2018). (arXiv:1803.11282)
S. Ospelkaus, K.-K. Ni, D. Wang, M. H. G. de Miranda, B. Neyenhuis, G. Quéméner, P. S. Julienne, J. L. Bohn, D. S. Jin and J. Ye, “Quantum-State Controlled Reactions of Ultracold KRb Molecules,” Science 327, 853-857(2010). (arXiv:0912.3854v1)
K.-K. Ni, S. Ospelkaus, M. H. G. de Miranda, A. Pe’er, B. Neyenhuis, J. J. Zirbel, S. Kotochigova, P. S. Julienne, D. S. Jin, J. Ye, “A High Phase-Space-Density Gas of Polar Molecules,” Science 322, 231-235 (2008). (arXiv:0808.2963v2)
2004, NIST Samuel Wesley Stratton Award for outstanding scientific or engineering achievements in support of NIST objectives. Citation: For world leading theoretical physics research in collisions fundamental to the laser cooling of atoms and Bose-Einstein condensation
2007, Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. This award recognizes exceptional long-term accomplishments in public service by career senior government executives or scientists. Award winners are nominated by their agency heads, evaluated by boards of private citizens, and approved by the President.
2007-2010, American Physical Society Divisional Councilor, representing the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP).
My area of interest has been theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics applied to systems of real experimental interest. One focus is to use numerical methods to calculate the full quantum dynamics of atomic and molecular systems. Another is to develop approximate or analytic models for analysis or interpretation. Work in the 1970s involved atmospheric and astrophysical problems. Work in the 1980s, centered on issues relating to high-energy lasers and collisions in light fields. Since the development of laser cooling at NIST in the mid-1980s, I have concentrated on quantum phenomena associated with cold atoms, molecules, and ions. This includes the quantum dynamics of cold collisions, namely, their precise characterization, their control by magnetic, electric, or electro-magnetic fields, their role in quantum gases and in lattice structures with tight confinement, and the production and properties of ultra-cold molecules and their chemical dynamics. I have co-authored 6 review articles on these topics. This work has continued since retirement from NIST in 2013, having published 36 papers during 2014-2023.