Short CV

Paul S. Julienne

Emeritus Fellow
Joint Quantum Institute (JQI)
University of Maryland and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Room 2107, Atlantic Building, University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742

Professional preparation

  • Wofford College, Chemistry, B. S. (1965)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chemical Physics, Ph. D. (1969)
  • National Bureau of Standards (NBS), postdoctoral research associate, 1969-1973


  • JQI Emeritus Fellow, NIST Emeritus Scientist, 2013-present (retired)
  • Joint Quantum Institute Fellow, University of Maryland and NIST, 2007-2013
  • NIST Fellow, 2003-2013
  • NIST, Group Leader, Quantum Processes Group, Atomic Physics Division, 1995-2003
  • NIST/NBS, staff, 1974-1995
  • Naval Research Laboratory, staff, 1973-1974

Select Publications

A select set of relevant publications (Over 260 publications in peer-reviewed journals with more than 800 citations per year since 2009 and an h-index of 65 through 2019).

Honors and Awards


Research interests

My area of interest has been theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics applied to systems of real experimental interest. One focus is to use numerical methods to calculate the full quantum dynamics of atomic and molecular systems.  Another is to develop approximate or analytic models for analysis or interpretation.  Work in the 1970’s involved atmospheric and astrophysical problems. Work in the 1980s, centered on issues relating to high-energy lasers and collisions in light fields. Since the development of laser cooling at NIST in the mid 1980s, I have concentrated on quantum phenomena associated with cold atoms, molecules and ions.   This includes the quantum dynamics of cold collisions, namely, their precise characterization, their control by magnetic, electric, or electro-magnetic fields, their role in quantum gases and in lattice structures with tight confinement, and the production and properties of ultra-cold molecules and their chemical dynamics.  I have co-authored 5 review articles on these topics.  This work continues since retirement from NIST in 2013, having published 26 papers during 2014-2019 since retiring with 2 additional ones under review in 2020.