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Dr. Marianna Safronova Elected Vice Chair of DAMOP

June 1, 2016 - Physics Professor Marianna Safronova has been elected vice chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society (DAMOP).  The four-year-term position starts with vice chair and progresses to chair elect, chair, and then past chair. 

Dr. Safronova's research includes:

  • Studies of fundamental symmetries
  • Modeling of trapped atoms for atomic clocks and quantum information
  • Development of new relativistic high-precision methodologies for atomic calculations
  • Calculation of atomic properties for various applications

DAMOP has more than 3,000 members and is the third largest division of the American Physical Society, behind Condensed Matter Physics and Particles and Fields. DAMOP's annual meeting is attended by more than 1,000 members.  

DAMOP was founded in 1943, and was the first division of the American Physical Society. Its central focus is fundamental research on atoms, simple molecules, electrons and light, and their interactions. It plays an enabling role underlying many areas of science through the development of methods for the control and manipulation of atoms, molecules, charged particles and light, through precision measurements and calculations of their properties, and through the invention of new ways to generate light with specific properties.