Norman Yao Awarded 2015 DAMOP Thesis Prize

July 1, 2015
Norman Yao

Norman Yao (PhD 2014) has been awarded the 2015 Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics (the DAMOP Thesis Prize) for his PhD dissertation.

Yao’s prize winning thesis, Topology, Localization, and Quantum Information in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Systems, was motivated by the interface between atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics, condensed matter, and quantum information science that has recently led to the development of new insights and tools that bridge the gap between macroscopic quantum behavior and detailed microscopic intuition.

Ultimately, Yao notes in his thesis abstract, the work could lead to bottom-up construction of quantum devices and may provide blueprints for a room-temperature quantum computer or nanoscale quantum thermometry.


Established in 1992 by the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP), the prize recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement. The winner is chosen from among four finalists invited to give oral presentations of their work at the annual DAMOP Meeting - one of the largest gatherings of AMO physicists in the world.