George Ruff, Emeritus

Ruff, George A.

Professor Emeritus
Physics and Astronomy


My research is in atomic and laser physics, especially the study of ultracold atoms in magneto-optical atom traps. My students and I built novel lasers and “magneto-optical atom traps”, using the pressure of light to suspend clouds of atoms in vacuum. We succeeded in trapping two different kinds of atoms (Rb and Cs) simultaneously, allowing us to study interactions between two clouds of ultracold atoms.

Some other things you’ll find on my HOMEPAGE

  • A description of how atom traps work.
  • Pictures from our trip home from New Zealand.
  • Pictures from our recent trip to Nepal
  • and more!