Prize Recipient

Gretchen Campbell

Gretchen Campbell
National Institute of Standards and Technology


"For her pioneering contributions to the study of superfluidity in atomic gas Bose-Einstein condensates using ring-shaped condensates, realizing atomic analogs to superconducting and superfluid liquid circuitry, including the use of weak links to create the first closed circuit atomtronic devices."


Gretchen Campbell is a fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, a joint institute between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland. Campbell received a B.A in Physics from Wellesley College in 2001. In 2007 she received a Ph.D from MIT where she worked on experiments with Bose-Einstein condensates in optical lattices. From 2006-2009 she was a NRC post-doctoral fellow at JILA in Boulder, Co. Campbell joined NIST and the JQI in 2009. Her current research focuses on studying superfluid “atom circuits”: Bose-Einstein condensates in ring geometries intersected by a rotating barriers. Campbell is a member of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. She was awarded the OSA New Focus/Bookham Student Award in 2005, a Department of Commerce Bronze medal in 2011, the 2012 Arthur S. Flemming award and a 2012 PECASE award.

Selection Committee:

Marianna Safronova, Chair; F. Sammarruca; A.M. Rey; K. Nordstrom; L.S. Pinsky