Physics: Abraham J. Olson

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I've just completed my doctorate work in the Physics departmet of Purdue University. During my time there, I studied condensed matter and atomic, molecular and optical physics and worked with Dr. Yong Chen’s AMO group on research in the dynamics of ultracold atoms in synthetic gauge fields, supported by the NSF and NDSEG Fellowships. My PhD Thesis was titled ``The Dynamics of Ultracold Atoms in Light-Induced Synthetic Gauge Fields''.

Research and Scientific Interests

  • Atomic and molecular spectroscopy and applications in optical communications and quantum computing. My undergraduate senior thesis was on electron induced transparency in rubidium gas.
  • Ultracold atoms and molecules, and building lasers to control and study them.
  • Micro- and nano- scale manufacturing techniques.
  • Novel sensor and communications technology, especially at the nano-scale.
  • Novel computing devices and architectures, such as Quantum-dot Cellular Automata and Cellular Neural Networks.


  • Abraham J. Olson, C.H. Li, D.B. Blasing, R.J. Niffenegger, Y.P. Chen, “Engineering an atom interferometer with modulated light-induced 3π spin-orbit coupling” submitted (2015) [ link].
  • Abraham J. Olson, S.J. Wang, C.H. Li, R.J. Niffenegger, C.H. Greene, Y.P. Chen, "Tunable Landau-Zener transitions in a spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensate'', Phys. Rev. A 90, 013616 (2014) [link | PDF ]
  • Abraham J. Olson, D.L. Whitenack, and Y.P. Chen "Effects of magnetic dipole-dipole interactions in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates with tunable s-wave interactions'', Phys. Rev. A 88, 043609 (2013)[ link | PDF ]
  • Abraham J. Olson, Robert Nifenegger, Yong P. Chen, "Optimizing the efficiency of evaporative cooling in optical dipole traps", Phys. Rev. A 87, 053613 (2013) [ link | PDF ]
  • Abraham J. Olson, Shannon K. Mayer, “Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in Rubidium”, Am. J. Phys. Vol. 77, (Feb. 2009)116-121. [ link | PDF ]
  • Abraham J. Olson, Evan J. Carlson, Shannon K. Mayer, “Two photon spectroscopy of rubidium using a grating feedback diode laser”, Am. J. Phys. 74, (March 2006) 218-223. [ link | PDF ]


  • MDDI: MATLAB codes used to model the effects of magnetic dipole-dipole interactions (MDDI) in Bose-Einstein condensates.

My full curriculum vitae can be found here at my Purdue Webpage.