Chandra Raman
Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997

Research Interests

Quantum gases, Bose-Einstein condensation, single molecule biophysics

My group investigates macroscopic quantum mechanics using ultralow temperature gases—laser cooled clouds of atoms suspended inside a vacuum chamber at temperatures less than one millionth of a degree above absolute zero. We explore topics ranging from superfluidity in Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) to quantum antiferromagnetism in a spinor condensate. Our goal is to use advanced atomic experimental techniques to illuminate contemporary phenomena in condensed matter physics, particularly in correlated quantum systems. Apart from fundamental studies, we are seeking to build cutting edge sensors that exploit the quantum properties of ultracold gases.


1. “Time-resolved pump-probe experiments at the LCLS”, James M. Glownia et al., Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 17, pp. 17620-17630 (2010).

2. “Light-Induced Atomic Desorption for loading a Sodium Magneto-Optical Trap”, Gustavo Telles, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Matthew Gibbs, Chandra Raman, Phys. Rev. A 81, 032710 (2010).

3. “Continuous vortex pumping into a spinor condensate with magnetic fields”, Z. F. Xu, P. Zhang, C. Raman and L. You, Phys. Rev. A 78, 043606 (2008).

4. “Axicon Lens for Coherent Matter Waves”, S. R. Muniz, S. D. Jenkins, T. A. B. Kennedy, D. S. Naik, and C. Raman, Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 8947-8957 (2006).

5. “Detecting Level Crossings without Looking at the Spectrum”, M. Bhattacharya and C. Raman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 140405 (2006).