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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 Past Chair (2016-17)
  • DAMOP Chair (2015-16)
  • DAMOP Chair-Elect (2014-15)
  • 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. Y. Wang, A. Kumar, T.-Y. Wu, and D.S. Weiss, "Single-qubit gates based on targeted phase shifts in a 3D neutral atom array", Science 352, 1562 (2016).
  2. Y. Wang, X. Zhang, T. Corcovilos, A. Kumar, and D.S. Weiss, “Coherent addressing of individual neutral atoms in a 3D optical lattice”, Physical Review Letters 115, 043003 (2015). Editor’s Choice.
  3. L. Xia, L.A. Zundel, J. Carrasquilla, A. Reinhard, J. Wilson, M. Rigol, and D.S.Weiss, “Quantum distillation and confinement of vacancies in a doublon sea”, Nature Physics 11, 316-320 (2015). 10.1038/nphys3244,  arXiv:1409.2882.
  4. K. Zhu, N. Solmeyer, C. Tang, and D. S. Weiss, “Absolute Polarization Measurement Using a Vector Light Shift”, Physical Review Letters 111, 243006 (2013).
  5. 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).
  6. Li, Xiao, Theodore A. Corcovilos, Yang Wang, and David S. Weiss. "3D Projection Sideband Cooling." Physical Review Letters 108, 103001 (2012).
  7. Zhu, Kunyan, Neal Solmeyer, and David S. Weiss. "A low noise, nonmagnetic fluorescence detector for precision measurements." Review of Scientific Instruments 83, 113105 (2012).
  8. Nelson, Karl D., Xiao Li, and David S. Weiss. "Imaging single atoms in a three-dimensional array." Nature Physics 3, 556 (2007).
  9. T. Kinoshita, T. Wenger, and D.S. Weiss, “A quantum Newton’s cradle”, Nature 440, 900 (2006).
  10. Kinoshita, Toshiya, Trevor Wenger, and David S. Weiss. "Local pair correlations in one-dimensional Bose gases." Physical Review Letters 95, 190406 (2005).
  11. Kinoshita, Toshiya, Trevor Wenger, and David S. Weiss. "All-optical Bose-Einstein condensation using a compressible crossed dipole trap." Physical Review A 71, 011602(R) (2005).
  12. 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. My group has three experimental apparatuses: one is devoted to the study of Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices, with an emphasis on 1D gases; one involves the development of a quantum computer using a 3D array of atoms; and one is working toward the measurement of the electron's electric dipole moment, using cold, trapped alkali atoms.

Current research group

graduate students Laura Zundel, Cheng Tang, Aishwarya Kumar, Josh Wilson, Tsung-Yao Wu, Teng Zhang, Neel Malvania, Felipe Giraldo Mejia, Fan Zou