Prize Recipient


Cheng Chin
James Franck Institute


"For pioneering work in strongly interacting Fermi gas and few body physics including the discovery of the Effimov effect."


Cheng Chin obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from National Taiwan University in 1993, and his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Stanford University in 2001 under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Chu. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and Innsbruck University, Austria, and was a visiting professor at Innsbruck University and ETH (Zurich), Switzerland. He joined the Physics Department and James Franck institute faculty of the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in 2005 and has been an Associate Professor since 2009. Cheng Chins research interest focuses on the quantum behavior of few- and many-body atomic systems. His works cover Feshbach resonances in cold collisions, degenerate quantum gases, ultracold molecules and optical lattices. His recent awards include Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Overseas Chinese Physics Association Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Materials Computation Center Travel Award, and Lise-Meitner Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He is a member of the American Physical Society. Cheng Chins research webpage at the University of Chicago is

Selection Committee:

Ali Belkacem, Chair; M. Lukin; G. Paulus; M. Scully; W. Stwalley; D.Wineland