I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

To recognize outstanding early-career research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. The prize consists of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. An allowance will be provided for travel expenses of the recipient to the Society meeting at which the prize is presented. It is awarded in odd-numbered years.

Establishment & Support

The prize was endowed in 1989 by family, friends, and colleagues of I. I. Rabi.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities, regardless of the geographical location at which the work was done, who have held a Ph.D. for 10 years or less from the nomination deadline. The prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person but may be shared when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment. Nominations will be considered for two review cycles provided the nominator re-certifies the nomination before the next deadline and all other eligibility criteria are still met. 

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2024

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2022 Selection Committee Member: Seth Aubin (Chair), Darrick Chang, Trey Porto, Monika Schleier-Smith, Charles Sukenik

The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, scientists from institutions with limited resources, and scientists from outside the United States, are especially encouraged.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.

2023 Recipient

Adam M. Kaufman
JILA, University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technologo

Past Recipients

2021: Monika Schleier-Smith
2019: Kang-Kuen Ni
2017: Martin Zwierlein
2015: Ian Spielman
2013: Markus Greiner
2011: Cheng Chin
2009: Mikhail Lukin
2007: Jun Ye
2005: Deborah Jin
2003: Mark A. Kasevich
2001: Christopher Monroe
1999: Mark George Raizen
1997: Eric Allin Cornell
          Wolfgang Ketterle
1995: Randall G. Hulet
1993: Timothy E. Chupp
1991: Chris H. Greene