Wolfgang Ketterle

Wolfgang Ketterle photo
  • 2004-2005
Wolfgang Ketterle
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Room 32-123
When Freezing Cold Is Not Cold Enough

Wolfgang Ketterle, John D. MacArthur professor of physics, was MIT’s James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2004–2005. His research is in atomic physics and laser spectroscopy, particularly in the area of laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms with the goal of exploring new aspects of ultracold atomic matter. Professor Ketterle shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics with two MIT alumni for their discovery of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in 1995 and he was later the first scientist to realize an atom laser in 1997. Read more at MIT News.