Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

The Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) was founded in 1943, and was the first division of the American Physical Society. Its central focus is fundamental research on atoms, simple molecules, electrons and light, and their interactions. It plays an enabling role underlying many areas of science through the development of methods for the control and manipulation of atoms, molecules, charged particles and light, through precision measurements and calculations of their properties, and through the invention of new ways to generate light with specific properties. Students who graduate with a background in AMO physics acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills that enable them to contribute to many areas of science and technology.

Congratulations to Our Newest APS Fellows

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Congratulations to New Prize & Award Recipients

2018 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics
John E. Thomas, North Carolina State University

2017 Herbert P. Broida Prize
Tilman Pfau, University of Stuttgart

2017 I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
Martin Zwierlein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2018 Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries
Peter Zoller

2018 Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in AMO Physics
Rivka Bekenstein, Harvard University

2018 Will Allis Prize for the Study of Ionized Gases
Leanne Pitchford, CNRS & Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier

News & Announcements

2018 NASA Fundamental Physics Workshop, April 9-11, 2018
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GPMFC to host a Best Student Poster Competition at the 2018 DAMOP Meeting
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DAMOP Honor Renamed Deborah Jin Award
DAMOP announces the renaming of its award for outstanding doctoral thesis research as the Deborah Jin Award. For more information, please visit the Deborah Jin Memorial Endowment.


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The Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Community (TAMOC) is a forum for communication among AMO theorists and with the AMO community at large within and beyond the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics.
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