John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics
areas of expertise: atomic physics, bose-einstein condensation, quantum-degenerate fermi gases, superfluidity, atom lasers and atom optics, experiments on laser cooled and trapped neutral atoms, cold atoms at high density, laser spectroscopy, atomic, molecular and optical physics, basic atomic physics
Wolfgang Ketterle has been the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics at MIT since 1998. He received a diploma (equivalent to master’s degree) from the Technical University of Munich (1982), and a PhD in physics from the University of Munich (1986). He did postdoctoral work at the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and at the University of Heidelberg in molecular spectroscopy and combustion diagnostics.
In 1990, he came to MIT as a postdoc and joined the physics faculty in 1993. For his observation of Bose-Einstein condensation in a gas in 1995, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001. Other honors include the Rabi Prize of the American Physical Society (1997), the Fritz London Prize in Low Temperature Physics (1999) and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (2000).
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