NYU-ECNU Institute of Physics at NYU Shanghai

State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy

With today’s rapid developments in the frontiers of physics, new opportunities and challenges are constantly arising. These occur at both the basic and applied levels. At the basic level, physics provides the foundation of our knowledge of the physical universe. At the same time, new methods and techniques arising from physics research have proved useful in creating new research fields in the biological, social, and engineering sciences. The impact on society from all of these efforts is and will remain profound.

In response to these developments, New York University and East China Normal University together have created the NYU-ECNU Institute of Physics at NYU Shanghai. The Institute’s mission is to build a world-class physics research institute by building on and expanding existing strengths at NYU and ECNU. In addition to fostering US-Chinese scientific collaborations — including a large international component — the Institute combines and leverages the existing strengths of physics research at the three institutions: particle physics and cosmology; hard and soft condensed matter physics; biological physics; atomic, molecular, and optical physics; nanomaterials; and expertise in precision laser spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance.

The Institute will feature an active visitor program, a regular seminar series, and conferences and workshops. But most importantly, it will actively work to create and strengthen research collaborations among scholars from many different universities and research areas. A central component of its mission is to identify new and exciting theoretical and experimental research directions, especially in the frontier areas of laser spectroscopy, quantum condensed matter, quantum manipulation and information, and precision measurements. 

The Institute is currently inviting applications for both visiting and renewable contract positions. We welcome you to join us!

Guoxiang Huang, ECNU
Daniel Stein, NYU


State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy (SKLPS) is located on Downtown Campus of East China Normal University (Add. 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai, China), covering a 4000 m2 area of experimental rooms together with a 2500 m2 physical space for offices. Founded in 1986, the laboratory got the name ‘Open Research Laboratory of Quantum Optics’ by the Ministry of Education in 1990. In a period of ten years, it established itself as ‘Key Laboratory of Optical and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Ministry of Education.’ The laboratory joined National Project 211 and became a member of National Project 985 concerning Science and Technology Innovation Platform in 2006. In 2007, it is authorized to be a state key laboratory by the Ministry of Science & Technology.

Currently, SKLPS has been developed into a comprehensive scientific research institute with modern optics as the leading orientation, exploration of significant fundamental science frontiers and development of large engineering techniques and pioneering laser and optoelectronic application as the focal point, and with high-tech innovation and basic research for application as the core mission.

SKLPS is knowledge-based and target-oriented so as to combine the benefits of a long term generic laboratory culture in the field of precision spectroscopy with the momentum and flexibility of more intensively focused projects of both fundamental and applied relevance. The laboratory has been primarily aiming at research in the spectroscopy with high sensitivity, resolution and precision. Five cornerstone areas of competence have been identified and are now serving as the backbone for projects as follows:

  • Precision spectroscopy by optical field control in time/frequency domain;
  • Precision spectroscopy of atoms and molecules;
  • Ultra-sensitive spectroscopy;
  • Cross-study of precision spectroscopy with other research fields;
  • Frontier theoretical study of precision spectroscopy.

The laboratory has put great emphasis on academic exchange and scientific cooperation both at home and abroad on the basis of guideline of “Opening, Exchanging, Cooperating, Competing”, which is regarded as the important step of improving research and upgrading management to international level. During the foundation of the SKLPS, the Nobel Prize Laureates A. L. Schawlow, R. R Ernst, J. L Hall and F. Englert have visited the lab and were honored as the guest professors. Several international joint research projects have been carried out with Institutes and Universities of USA, France, Germany and Canada.

For more details about SKLPS, please refer to www.lps.ecnu.edu.cn.