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Kurt Gibble

Kurt Gibble

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  • Professor of Physics
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Email: kgibble [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 863-5343


  1. JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder (Ph.D., Physics), 1990
  2. Lehigh University (B.S., Highest Honors, Engineering Physics), 1986


Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Experimental

Honors and Awards

  • European Frequency and Time Award, 2013
  • Chair, American Physical Society Topical Topical Group on Precision Measurement & Fundamental Constants (2017-2018)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, DAMOP, 2005
  • Bourse chercheurs étrangers de la Ville de Paris, 2009
  • Yale Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1996-1997
  • National Science Foundation National Young Investigator, 1994
  • Tau Beta Pi, 1986

Selected Publications

  1. "Towards a Mg Lattice Clock: Observation of the 1S0−3P0 Transition and Determination of the Magic Wavelength," A. P. Kulosa, D. Fim, K. H. Zipfel, S. Rühmann, S. Sauer, N. Jha, K. Gibble, W. Ertmer, E. M. Rasel, M. S. Safronova, U. I. Safronova, and S. G. Porsev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 240801 (2015).
  2. "Scattering of Cold-Atom Coherences by Hot Atoms: Frequency Shifts from Background-Gas Collisions," Kurt Gibble, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 180802 (2013).
  3. “s-Wave Collisional Frequency Shift of a Fermion Clock,” Eric L. Hazlett, Yi Zhang, Ronald W. Stites, Kurt Gibble, and Kenneth M. O'Hara, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 160801 (2013).
  4. “Direct observation of resonant scattering phase shifts through Feshbach resonances and their energy dependence,” S. D. Gensemer, R. B. Martin-Wells,A. W. Bennett, and K. Gibble, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 263201 (2012).
  5. "Spin waves and Collisional Frequency Shifts of a Trapped-Atom Clock," Wilfried Maineult, Christian Deutsch, Kurt Gibble, Jakob Reichel, and Peter Rosenbusch, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 020407 (2012).
  6. “Progress in atomic fountains at LNE-SYRTE,” J. Guéna, M. Abgrall, P. Laurent, B. Chupin, M. Lours, G. Santarelli, P. Rosenbusch, M. E. Tobar, R. Li, K. Gibble, A. Clairon, and S. Bize, Invited Paper, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control 59, 391-410 (2012).
  7. "Improved accuracy of the NPL-CsF2 primary frequency standard: evaluation of distributed cavity phase and microwave lensing frequency shifts," R. Li, K. Gibble and Krzysztof Szymaniec, Metrologia 48, 283-289 (2011).
  8. "Rydberg Spectroscopy in an Optical Lattice: Blackbody Thermometry for Atomic Clocks," V. D. Ovsiannikov, A. Derevianko and K. Gibble, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 093003 (2011).
  9. "Evaluation of Doppler Shifts to Improve the Accuracy of Primary Atomic Fountain Clocks," J. Guéna, R. Li, K. Gibble, S. Bize, and A. Clairon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 130801 (2011). See APS Physics Synopsis, Physics (2011).
  10. "Decoherence and Collisional Frequency Shifts of Trapped Bosons and Fermions," K. Gibble, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 113202 (2009). 
  11. "A quantum scattering interferometer," R. A. Hart, X. Xu, R. Legere, & K. Gibble, Nature 446, 892-895 (2007). See Science and Editor's summary in Nature.
  12. "Difference between a Photon’s Momentum and an Atom’s Recoil," K. Gibble, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 073002 (2006). See Physics Review Focus and Laser Focus World .

List of Publications

Research Interests

Microwave and optical frequency atomic clocks; space-based atomic clocks; ultracold atom-atom scattering; ultra-stable lasers; laser cooling; precision measurements; experimental atomic physics.

Our major projects currently include developing a cadmium optical-frequency lattice atomic clock, fundamental studies of atomic scattering in juggling atomic fountains, and evaluating the accuracy of primary atomic clocks on earth and in space.