Department of Physics, James Franck Institute, and the College
Zoe Yan studies experimental quantum many-body physics, using the platforms of ultracold atoms and molecules. Her experiments combine cutting-edge technologies in trapping and imaging quantum particles and tailoring their interactions to realize custom Hamiltonians (operators corresponding to the total energy of a system).
Her work has been published in Nature, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, and Science.
Yan earned a BS with honors in physics from Stanford University and a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a recipient of a Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists. Before joining the University of Chicago, she was a Dicke postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton University Department of Physics.