Theoretical Atomic, Molecular,
and Optical Physics at UConn


Welcome to the group of Robin Côté
at the Physics Department
of the University of Connecticut

Spring 2019: PHY 6110: Atomic Physics
News and Events


Our group explores theoretically atomic. molecular, and optical physics in a variety of systems, including their application to quantum information science. We are especially interested in their behavior under extreme conditions, such as in ultracold atomic and molecular gases. Our goal is to investigate interactions among atoms, molecules, and ions, and to use this knowledge to gain a better understanding of fundamental processes, notably entanglement and many-body aspects of mesoscopic systems. We also study the interaction of electromagnetic fields, such as laser light, with such systems.

These web pages give an introduction into our research projects and our group. We regularly offer positions at all levels, from undergraduate students to graduate students, to postdoctoral researchers. If you want to join our group, or for further information, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Our group is part of ARO MURI "Precision Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Control of Ultracold Molecular Ion Reactions" and part of our activities is/was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, various agencies within the Department of Defense, the UConn Research Foundation, and the Research Corporation.

News and Events

  • Our work on chemical reactions in hybrid atom-ion traps, recently published (online September 7, 2017) in Science is also described in Physics World (September 8 2017)
  • KITP Workshop on few-body physics Universality in Few-Body Systems (UC Santa Barbara, November 7 - December 16 2016)
  • Joint ARO MURI meeting on Ultracold Molecular ions, and on Ultracold Chemistry, together with the workshop on roaming reactions Meetings on Ultracold Molecules and Roaming Dynamics at Emory: Ultracold Molecules and Molecular Ions (October 6 and 7, 2016), and Workshop on Roaming and Cold Molecules (October 8 and 9, 2016), Emory University (Atlanta, GA).
  • Dr. Marko Gacesa, former Ph.D. student and Research Scientist in our group, accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA Ames, with Dr. Kevin Zahnle, working on Energy-Transfer Collisions and Escape from the Atmospheres of Terrestrial Planets, Satellites and Exoplanets (November 2015).
  • Dr. Jia Wang, former Postdoctoral researcher in our group, accepted a Research position at the Centre for Quantum and Optical Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (April 2015).
  • ARO MURI Precision Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Control of Ultracold Molecular Ion Reactions Kickoff Meeting (UCLA, November 20-21 2014)
  • NASA Fundamental Physics PI Workshop (Pasadena, November 17-18 2014)
  • NASA's CAL ( Cold Atom Laboratory) obtained its first Bose-Einstein condensate. (JPL, Pasadena, September 26, 2014)
  • Dr. Shubas Ghosal, former Postdoctoral research in our group, accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Chemistry, at the BITS Pilani, in Hyderabad, India (March 2012).

  • Contact: Prof. Robin Côté