Zoe Yan

Assistant Professor


Zoe Yan is an assistant professor at the James Franck Institute and the Dept. of Physics, joining in August 2023. She 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.

Before joining UChicago, Zoe was a Dicke Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.  She earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S. with honors in physics from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

  • Christakis et al, "Probing site-resolved correlations in a spin system of ultracold molecules," Nature 614, 64 (2023)
  • Rosenberg et al, "Observation of the Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect with ultracold molecules," Nature Physics 18, 1062 (2022)
  • Yan et al, "Two-Dimensional Programmable Tweezer Arrays of Fermions," Physical Review Letters, 129, 123201 (2022)
  • Yan et al, "Resonant Dipolar Collisions of Ultracold Molecules Induced by Microwave Dressing," Physical Review Letters, 125, 063401 (2020)
  • Yan et al, "Bose polarons near quantum criticality," Science 368, 190 (2020)
  • Park et al, "Second-scale nuclear spin coherence time of ultracold 23Na40K molecules," Science 357, 372 (2017)