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Ohio State University is home to cutting-edge research and education in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMOP), which primarily encompasses the study of the interaction light and matter.  The research involves a wide variety of techniques that are used to address problems of fundamental importance as well as for ‘enabling’ applications as you can see by following the links to the faculty and research groups below.  Here, you will find research at the extreme that involves some of the shortest and most energetic laser pulses in the world, the coldest form of matter, the most sensitive detectors, and radiation sources spanning the microwave to the X-Ray parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.  The AMOP groups benefit by strong external funding from the Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, National Science Foundation, and Office of Naval Research.

Experimental AMOP students use state-of-the-art facilities for their research, while theoretical AMOP students use modern tools to tackle problems that are at the forefront of the field.  Alumni follow a wide variety of career paths, including in academia, national laboratories, and companies of all sizes.  There are also several other groups in physics, chemistry, and electrical and computer engineering whose research strongly overlaps with the AMOP group, making the research community broad and multidisciplinary.

Also, the Ohio State University Chemical Physics ProgramSpectroscopy Institutestudent chapter of the Optical Society of America, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH, and the LCLS XFEL at SLAC, create additional opportunities for the community.

News Flashes!

Prof. Lou DiMauro was awarded the American Physical Society Arthur L. Schawlow Prize for, “groundbreaking work in several areas of high field and ultrafast optical science, from high harmonic generation and free electron lasers to attosecond science.” The award is given to laser scientists whose outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers advances knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interactions with light.

Explore the AMOP faculty and research groups following the links below.

AMOP Physics Faculty and Research Scientists

AMOP Physics Faculty Emeriti and Adjunct

Associated Faculty