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William Phillips

Research Projects

Laser Cooling and Trapping of Neutral Atoms

Atomic-Gas Bose-Einstein Condensates

Quantum Information with Single-Atom Qubits


Awards and Honors

2006 Service to America Award - Career Achievement

2005 Presidential Rank Award

2004 Appointed an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

2002 NIST Condon Award

2000 Richtmeyer Award of the Am. Assoc. of Physics Teachers

1998 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

1997 Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light" shared with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji



NIST Fellow
Quantum Measurement Division
Laser Cooling and Trapping Group

Employment History:

1978-present Physicist, National Bureau of Standards (Now National Institute of Standards and Technology)

1989-1990 Visiting Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

1976-1978 Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


1976 Ph.D Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1970 B.S. Physics, Juniata College, Huntington, PA


Phone: 301-975-6554
Email: william.phillips@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-8272