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Kenneth
O'Hara
Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics
Kenneth O'Hara

Education

Ph.D. Physics, Duke University (2000).
M.S. Physics, Duke University (1997).
B.S. Physics (magna cum laude), University of Notre Dame (1994).

Honors and Awards

  • National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship (2002).
  • Fritz London Graduate Fellowship (1998-1999).
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996-2011).

Selected Publications

  1. Hazlett, Eric L., Yi Zhang, Ronald W. Stites, Kurt Gibble, and Kenneth M. O'Hara. "S-Wave Collisional Frequency Shift of a Fermion Clock." Physical Review Letters 110 (2013): 160801.
  2. Hazlett, E. L., Yi Zhang, R. W. Stites, and K. M. O’Hara. "Realization of a resonant Fermi gas with a large effective range." Physical Review Letters 108, no. 4 (2012): 045304.
  3. Huckans, J. H., J. R. Williams, E. L. Hazlett, R. W. Stites, and K. M. O’Hara. "Three-body recombination in a three-state Fermi gas with widely tunable interactions." Physical Review Letters102, no. 16 (2009): 165302.
  4. Williams, J. R., E. L. Hazlett, J. H. Huckans, R. W. Stites, Y. Zhang, and K. M. O’Hara. "Evidence for an excited-state Efimov trimer in a three-component Fermi gas." Physical Review Letters 103, no. 13 (2009): 130404.
  5. Fertig, C. D., K. M. O’hara, J. H. Huckans, S. L. Rolston, W. D. Phillips, and J. V. Porto. "Strongly inhibited transport of a degenerate 1D Bose gas in a lattice." Physical Review Letters 94, no. 12 (2005): 120403.
  6. Tolra, B. Laburthe, K. M. O’hara, J. H. Huckans, W. D. Phillips, S. L. Rolston, and J. V. Porto. "Observation of reduced three-body recombination in a correlated 1D degenerate Bose gas." Physical Review Letters 92, no. 19 (2004): 190401.
  7. Granade, S. R., M. E. Gehm, K. M. O'Hara, and JEl Thomas. "All-optical production of a degenerate Fermi gas." Physical Review Letters 88, no. 12 (2002): 120405.
  8. O'hara, K. M., S. L. Hemmer, M. E. Gehm, S. R. Granade, and J. E. Thomas. "Observation of a strongly interacting degenerate Fermi gas of atoms." Science 298, no. 5601 (2002): 2179-2182.

Research Interests

    I am generally interested in the use of ultracold atomic gases to study many-body phenomena.

    I am currently building an experimental apparatus to study fermionic atoms confined in an optical lattice potential. This system provides an exciting opportunity for studies of strongly-correlated fermions in a highly adaptable and precisely controllable environment. The hope is that this research will provide some insight into fundamental many-body problems of interest in condensed matter physics.

    If this research interests you, I encourage you to inquire about joining my group. I am currently looking for motivated graduate students and a post-doctoral research associate to take part in this project.