Kang-Kuen Ni works in the area of cold atoms and molecules. Modern techniques of laser cooling and trapping allow quantum control of all degrees of freedom of an atom (neutral and ionic species). Research in the Ni group focuses on applying and developing similar techniques for molecules, where the rich internal structure and the larger electric dipole moment opens new research opportunities for the study of ultra-cold chemical reactions, quantum phase transitions, and quantum information science.
Kang-Kuen joins Harvard as an assistant professor in 2013. She obtained her PhD in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2009. Her doctoral dissertation, completed under the supervision of Prof. Deborah Jin and Prof. Jun Ye, describes the first experimental realization of an ultra-cold, near-quantum-degenerate gas of polar molecules.
Faculty Assistant: Felixander Negron
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