Physicist Cheng Chin receives 2011 I.I. Rabi Prize

The American Physical Society has named Cheng Chin, associate professor in physics and the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago, the recipient of the I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. The prize is awarded biennially.

Chin, who specializes in the study of ultracold atoms and molecules, was cited “for pioneering work in strongly interacting Fermi gas and few body physics including the discovery of the Efimov effect.”

The Rabi Prize is named for Isidor Isaac Rabi, who received the 1944 Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance. The $7,500 prize recognizes outstanding research in atomic, molecular and optical physics by scientists who have held a doctorate for 10 years or less.

Chin received his doctorate from Stanford University in 2001, working under the supervision of Steven Chu, a 1997 Nobel laureate in physics and now the U.S. Secretary of Energy. He joined the University of Chicago in 2005.

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