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Paul D. Lett

Areas of specialization:

Quantum Optics

Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms

Quantum Imaging

Ultracold Atomic Collisions

Photoassociation Spectroscopy

Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensates

Honors and Awards:

2007 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2004 Bourke Lectureship awarded by the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

2003 Fellow of the Optical Society of America

1999 Arthur S. Flemming Award for service to the Federal Government

1999 NIST Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Award

1996 Fellow of the American Physical Society

1996 Department of Commerce Silver Medal,

1993 NIST Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Scientist Award

Lett, Paul


Quantum Measurement Division
Laser Cooling and Trapping

Employment History:

(2008-present) NIST Fellow, Laser Cooling and Trapping Group

(1989-present) Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

(2006 - present) Fellow of the NIST/U. Maryland Joint Quantum Institute and Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of

(1986-89) Postdoctoral Fellow, Electricity Division, National Bureau of Standards


1986 Ph.D., Physics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

1982 M.A., Physics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

1980 B.S., Physics and Math, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI


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