Zoe Yan joined Waseem Bakr's research group in August 2020, with the goal of building a quantum gas microscope for ultracold molecules. Ultracold dipolar molecules form a pristine, defect-free quantum system with tunable, long-range interactions, and are expected to be a rich resource for studying many-body physics, quantum information, and state-controlled chemistry. The group uses AMO techniques to establish quantum control over these molecules, including over all internal and external (motional) degrees of freedom.
Zoe completed her Ph.D. in Martin Zwierlein's group at MIT. Her dissertation work included studying strongly interacting Bose-Fermi mixtures and engineering interactions in ultracold molecules.