Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Professor Benjamin Lev received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University in 1999, graduating magna cum laude. He earned a Ph.D. from Caltech in 2005, working in the quantum optics group of Hideo Mabuchi. His thesis research involved the development of novel atom chip techniques for the tight confinement and manipulation ultracold atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) and for the coupling of them to photons using chip-based cavity quantum electrodynamics (cQED). He won the Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lectureship in 2004, and his public lecture on the atom chip may be viewed here.
As a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow (2006-2007), Professor Lev worked with Jun Ye at JILA (Boulder) on the Stark deceleration of polar molecules. His work focused on the magnetic trapping of ground state polar molecules in the presence of tunable electric fields, which he and his JILA colleagues demonstrated for the first time in 2006.
Professor Lev joined the Department of Physics at Illinois in January 2008, and completed remodeling and equipping his laboratory in September 2008.