Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics & Quantum Information Science

What are Atomic, Molecular, Optical Physics and Quantum Information Science?

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics is the study of light-matter and matter-matter interaction ranging from the quantum scale of atoms, molecules, or photons to classical electrodynamics.

Quantum information science (QIS) is the study of the often-bizarre-seeming features of quantum mechanics (wave-particle duality, superposition, randomness and quantum measurement, entanglement) and their application to problems in information processing, e.g., cryptography, teleportation, and computing.

What are we doing in AMO Physics and QIS at Illinois?

Here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, we are studying a wide range of topics in AMO and QIS, with two major research thrusts in the areas of ultracold atomic physics and quantum optics. Experimental research on ultracold atomic physics includes the quantum simulation of condensed matter systems using bosonic and fermionic quantum gases in optical lattices, in particular the study of strongly correlated states of matter, disordered systems, and topological physics. Experimental research on quantum optics and optical quantum information includes studies of entanglement, quantum information processing, and quantum memories using single photons and atomic vapors.

More broadly, there are numerous research groups throughout the Department of Physics and throughout the College of Engineering that tackle problems related to QIS. These include theoretical efforts aimed at studying cold atom physics, quantum many-body systems, complex molecules, and strongly correlated systems, as well as experimental efforts to study energy flow in complex molecular systems, quantum chaos, atomic electronics, and superconducting qubits.

Core AMO & QIS Faculty

Bryce  Gadway
Assistant Professor
    AMO / Quantum Physics
    333 Loomis Laboratory
    (217) 244-9284
    Paul G. Kwiat
      AMO / Quantum Physics
      337B Loomis Laboratory
      (217) 333-9116
      Virginia  Lorenz
      Assistant Professor
        AMO / Quantum Physics
        337A Loomis Laboratory
        (217) 300-3306

        Interdisciplinary AMO & QIS Faculty

        Gordon A. Baym
        Research Professor
          Nuclear Physics
          337C Loomis Laboratory
          (217) 333-4363
          David M. Ceperley
            Condensed Matter Physics
            2107 Engineering Sciences Building
            (217) 244-0646
            Martin Gruebele
            Professor of Chemistry and Physics
              Biological Physics
              A220 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
              (217) 333-6136
              Nancy  Makri
              Professor of Chemistry
                Condensed Matter Physics
                A442 Chemical and Life Sci Lab
                (217) 333-6589
                Munir H. Nayfeh
                  Cross-cutting Physics
                  407 Loomis Laboratory
                  (217) 333-3774
                  Smitha  Vishveshwara
                  Associate Professor
                    Condensed Matter Physics
                    2109 Engineering Sciences Building
                    (217) 333-4370
                    Lucas K. Wagner
                    Research Assistant Professor
                      Condensed Matter Physics
                      2131 Engineering Sciences Building