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Trey Porto

Dr. Trey Porto has been a researcher in the Laser Cooling and Trapping group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2000. Among his current interests are ultra-cold atoms in optical lattices, and their use in simulating many-body physics and as architectures for realizing quantum information processing; new laser cooling and trapping techniques; and ultra cold atomic mixtures. Dr. Porto’s background includes both atomic and condensed matter physics. Prior to joining the Laser Cooling and Trapping group, he studied the atomic physics of highly charged ions at the NIST electron beam ion trap, from 1998-2000. From 1996 to 1998 he worked as a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Dave Pritchard, using single-ion mass spectrometry to make the most accurate relative mass measurements in the world. He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1996, where he discovered and studied superfluid 3He in aerogel.


Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Physical Society, 2008
Arthur S. Flemming Award, 2006
Bronze Medal, Department of Commerce, 2006
Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, 2006
Sigma Xi Award, NIST, 2004

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Atomic Physics Division
Laser Cooling and Trapping Group

Employment History:

2006-Present, Fellow
Joint Quantum Institute
NIST and the University of Maryland

2000-Present NIST Physicist
Laser Cooling and Trapping Group

1998-2000 NIST NRC Postdoc
Electron Beam Ion Trap

1996-1998 M.I.T. Postdoc
Single Ion Mass Spectrometry


Ph.D.  Cornell University  1996
B.S. University of North Carolina 1990


Phone: 301-975-3238
Email: trey@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-8272