Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics

Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics
Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics

Atomic, molecular, optical, and plasma physics studies the fundamental constituents of matter in our everyday world (electrons, protons, ions, atoms, molecules, etc.) as well as electromagnetic radiation. It is the primary testing ground for quantum mechanics, our basic theory of the physical universe. Scientists in AMOP science no longer simply try to describe the processes they study; they aim to control and to image these processes in real time.

In addition, the world's most refined and accurate measurements occur in the AMOP sciences in part because frequencies, the most accurately measurable physical quantities, are largely in its domain. This unprecedented ability to control, measure, and image matter and its processes on the atomic scale holds the promise of novel applications that will benefit the health, security, and economic well-being of society.

Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics Faculty


Herman Batelaan

Herman Batelaan

Quantum Optics
Martin Centurion

Martin Centurion

Ultrafast Dynamics
Ilya Fabrikant

Ilya I. Fabrikant

Electron-Driven Processes & Interactions
Matthias Fuchs

Matthias Fuchs

Ultrafast and High-Field X-ray Science; Next-Generation X-ray Source; X-ray Free-Electron Lasers, Nonlinear QED
Timothy Gay

Timothy J. Gay

Polarized Electron Physics & Neutrino Physics
Bradley Shadwick

Bradley Shadwick

Intense Laser-Plasma Interactions
Anthony Starace

Anthony F. Starace

Attosecond Physics; Intense Laser-Matter Interactions; Ultrafast Dynamics
Cornelis Uiterwaal

Cornelis J. Uiterwaal

Femtosecond Laser Processes & Optical Vortices
Donald Umstadter

Donald Umstadter

Laser-Plasma Physics & Relativistic Optics

Visit the Faculty Interest page for complete profiles of research interests.

Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics Emeritus Professors

Paul D. Burrow pburrow@unl.edu
Duane H. Jaecks djaecks1@unl.edu

AMOP Associated Centers



Postdoc Dr. Igor Mariyenko
Theodore P. Jorgensen Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Igor Mariyenko, who worked in the Uiterwaal femtosecond laser group, studies nonlinear optical effects in air.

AMOP Postdocs

Postdoctoral positions exist in each AMOP research group. To inquire about available positions in a particular group, please contact the faculty member(s) in the research area(s) you are interested in. The AMOP physics group has been selected by the university for priority funding, part of which is allocated to enhancing postdoctoral appointments in the group.

Visit the Research Faculty & Postdoctoral Associates page for a full list of Postdocs.