Prize Recipient

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Jun Ye


"For advances in precision measurement, including techniques for stabilizing and measuring optical frequencies, controlling the phase of femtosecond laser pulses, and measuring molecular transitions."


Jun Ye received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1997. He was a R.A. Millikan Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology from 1997-1999. He has been a fellow of JILA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado, since 2001. He has been a fellow of NIST since 2004. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society and a fellow of the Optical Society of America. His research interests include precision measurement, ultracold atoms and molecules, optical frequency metrology, and ultrafast science and quantum control. He has co-authored over 150 technical papers and is a recipient of a number of awards from professional societies and government agencies, including William F. Meggers Award and Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America, Arthur S. Flemming Award, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and Commerce Department group Gold Medal from the US government. The research group web page is

Selection Committee:

Francis Robicheaux (Chair)(12/06), John Thomas (12/06), Deborah Jin (05 recipient)(12/06), Peter Koch (Vice Chair)(12/08), Alex Gaeta (12/08)