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David S Weiss

David S Weiss

Main Content

  • Professor of Physics
  • Associate Head for Research
150B Davey
Email: dsweiss [ AT ] phys [ DOT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-3076


  1. Ph.D., Physics, Stanford (1993)
  2. B.A. summa cum laude, Physics, Amherst College (1985).


Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Experimental

Honors and Awards

  • DAMOP Vice-Chair (2013-14)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2007-).
  • Faculty Scholar Medal in the Physical Sciences, Penn State University (2007).
  • Packard Fellow (1997).
  • Sloan Fellow (1997).
  • NSF Early Career Award (1996).
  • Churchill Scholarship (1986).

Selected Publications

Full list of publications on Google Scholar

  1. K. Zhu, N. Solmeyer, C. Tang, and D. S. Weiss, “Absolute Polarization Measurement Using a Vector Light Shift”, Physical Review Letters 111, 243006 (2013).
  2. Reinhard, Aaron, Jean-Félix Riou, Laura A. Zundel, David S. Weiss, Shuming Li, Ana Maria Rey, and Rafael Hipolito. "Self-trapping in an array of coupled 1D Bose gases." Physical Review Letters 110, 033001 (2013).
  3. Li, Xiao, Theodore A. Corcovilos, Yang Wang, and David S. Weiss. "3D Projection Sideband Cooling." Physical Review Letters 108, 103001 (2012).
  4. Riou, Jean-Félix, Aaron Reinhard, Laura A. Zundel, and David S. Weiss. "Spontaneous-emission-induced transition rates between atomic states in optical lattices." Physical Review A 86,  033412 (2012).
  5. Zhu, Kunyan, Neal Solmeyer, and David S. Weiss. "A low noise, nonmagnetic fluorescence detector for precision measurements." Review of Scientific Instruments 83, 113105 (2012).
  6. Nelson, Karl D., Xiao Li, and David S. Weiss. "Imaging single atoms in a three-dimensional array." Nature Physics 3, 556 (2007).
  7. T. Kinoshita, T. Wenger, and D.S. Weiss, “A quantum Newton’s cradle”, Nature 440, 900 (2006).
  8. Kinoshita, Toshiya, Trevor Wenger, and David S. Weiss. "Local pair correlations in one-dimensional Bose gases." Physical Review Letters 95, 190406 (2005).
  9. Kinoshita, Toshiya, Trevor Wenger, and David S. Weiss. "All-optical Bose-Einstein condensation using a compressible crossed dipole trap." Physical Review A 71, 011602 (2005).
  10. Vala, Jiri, K. Birgitta Whaley, and David S. Weiss. "Quantum error correction of a qubit loss in an addressable atomic system." Physical Review A 72, 052318 (2005).
  11. Kinoshita, Toshiya, Trevor Wenger, and David S. Weiss. "Observation of a one-dimensional Tonks-Girardeau gas." Science 305, 1125 (2004).

Research Interests

My research involves experiments with laser-cooled atoms in optical lattices and other light traps. We use cold, trapped atoms to make precise measurements of fundamental constants and to test fundamental symmetries. We also use these atoms as model systems to address issues in atomic physics, condensed-matter physics, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.

Current research group

postdocs: Lin Xia, Xianli Zhang

graduate students: Yang Wang, Laura Zundel, Cheng Tang, Aishwarya Kumar, Josh Wilson, Teng Zhang