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Nathan D Gemelke

Nathan D Gemelke

Main Content

  • Assistant Professor of Physics
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Email: ndg3 [ AT ] psu [ DOT ] edu
Phone: (814) 865-6871


  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics), 1999
  2. Stanford University (Ph.D., Physics), 2007


Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Experimental

Honors and Awards

  • Downsbrough Faculty Development Professorship
  • Sloan Research Fellowship (2012)
  • Grainger Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental Physics (2007-2010)

Selected Publications

  1. Hung, C.L., Zhang, X., Ha, L.C., Tung, S.K., Gemelke, N., Chin, C. "Extracting density-density correlations from in situ images of atomic quantum gases" New Journal of Physics 13, 075019 (2011)
  2. Zhang, X., Hung, C.L., Tung, S.K., Gemelke, N., Chin, C. "Exploring quantum criticality based on ultracold atoms in optical lattices" New Journal Physics 13, 045011 (2011)
  3. Hung, C.L., Zhang, X., Gemelke, N., Chin, C. "Observation of scale invariance and universality in two-dimensional Bose gases" Nature 470, 236 (2011)
  4. Gemlke, N., Sarajlic, E., Chu, S. "Rotating Few-body Atomic Systems in the Fractional Quantum Hall Regime" arXiv: 1007.2677
  5. Chin, C., Gemelke, N. "News and Views: Atoms in Chequerboard order" Nature 464, 1289 (2010)
  6. Hung, C.L., Zhang, X., Gemelke, N., Chin, C. "Cooling and Near-equilibrium Dynamics of Atomic Gases Across the Superfluid-Mott Insulator Transition" Physical Review Letters 104, 160403 (2010)
  7. Kliunger, A., Degenkolb, S., Gemelke, N., Brickman-Soderberg, K.A., Chin, C. "Optical Lattices for Atom Based Quantum Microscopy" Review of Scientific Instruments 81, 013109 (2010)
  8. Gemelke, N., Zhang, X.B., Hung, C.L., Chin, C. "In situ observation of incompressible Mott-insulating domains in ultracold atomic gases," Nature 460, 995 (2009)
  9. Soderberg, K.A.B., Gemelke, N., Chin, C. "Ultracold molecules: vehicles to scalable quantum information processing," New Journal of Physics 11, 55022 (2009)
  10. Hung, C.L., Zhang, X.B., Gemelke, N., Chin, C. "Accelerating evaporative cooling of atoms into Bose-Einstein condensation in optical traps," Physical Review A 78, 11604 (2008)

Research Interests

Experimental atomic molecular and optical physics; Bose-Einstein condensation; quantum gases; quantum information and computation.