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WILLIAM D. PHILLIPS

University of Maryland

William D. Phillips is currently the Leader of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group of NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory, and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. He is a NIST Fellow, and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, a cooperative effort of NIST and the University of Maryland. Dr. Phillips’s research group studies the physics of ultracold atomic gases. In 1997, Dr. Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.” William D. Phillips received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1976; after two years as a Chaim Weizmann postdoctoral fellow at MIT, he joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (then the National Bureau of Standards) in 1978.

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