Alan Jamison

Alan Jamison
Assistant Professor
Location: QNC 4114
Phone: 519-888-4567 x39060


Dr. Jamison's group uses lasers to cool atoms to within a few billionths of a degree of absolute zero, making the coldest systems in the known universe. At these temperatures, atoms can be made to mimic interesting quantum systems from condensed matter, nuclear, and high-energy particle physics. We can also use light to drive chemical reactions that form molecules at similarly low temperatures. These ultracold molecules are a great resource for studying quantum chemistry and quantum information.

Research Interests

  • Quantum Materials
  • Quantum Science
  • Quantum Simulation
  • Quantum Sensors
  • Photonics
  • Quantum Computing
  • Quantum Information Processing

Scholarly Research

The most compelling questions in quantum physics involve interacting systems of many particles. Quantum many-body physics embraces attempts to build quantum computers, understand exotic new materials, and fundamental questions such as measurement and thermalization in quantum mechanics. Ultracold atoms and molecules provide pristine systems in which to study quantum many-body physics, free from the defects and impurities of bulk materials and completely isolated from the outside world. We use the exquisite control available in ultracold systems to tackle some of the deepest questions of how our universe is put together and how it evolves with time.


  • 2014 Doctorate Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 2008 Master of Science Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • 2007 Bachelor of Science (BS) Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA


  • 2015 Henderson Thesis Prize, University of Washington
  • 2013 Hans G. Dehmelt Prize, University of Washington
  • 2008 Mellam Teaching Fellowship, University of Washington

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Institute for Quantum Computing


  • PHYS 359 - Statistical Mechanics
    • Taught in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • PHYS 363 - Intermediate Classical Mechanics
    • Taught in 2021, 2022

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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Control of reactive collisions by quantum interference Son, H., Park, J. J., Lu, Y.-K., Jamison, A. O., Karman, T., Ketterle, W. Science 375, 1006-1010 (2022) arXiv:
  • Collisional Cooling of Ultracold Molecules Hyungmok Son, Juliana J. Park, Wolfgang Ketterle, Alan O. Jamison Nature 580, 197 (2020) arXiv:
  • Long-Lived Ultracold Molecules with Electric and Magnetic Dipole Moments Timur M. Rvachov, Hyungmok Son, Ariel T. Sommer, Sepehr Ebadi, Juliana J. Park, Martin W. Zwierlein, Wolfgang Ketterle, Alan O. Jamison Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 143001 (2017) arXiv: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.143001
  • A stripe phase with supersolid properties in spin–orbit-coupled Bose–Einstein condensates Jun-Ru Li, Jeongwon Lee, Wujie Huang, Sean Burchesky, Boris Shteynas, Furkan Çağrı Top, Alan O. Jamison, Wolfgang Ketterle Nature, 543, 91-94 (2017) arXiv: DOI: 10.1038/nature21431
  • Advances in precision contrast interferometry with Yb Bose-Einstein condensates Alan O. Jamison, Benjamin Plotkin-Swing, Subhadeep Gupta Phys. Rev. A, 90, 063606 (2014)arXiv: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.90.063606
  • Effects of gravitational confinement on bosonic asymmetric dark matter in stars Alan O. Jamison Phys. Rev. D 88, 035004 (2013) arXiv: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.88.035004