Associate Professor,


David Weld


Experimental ultracold atomic physics, quantum simulation, optical lattices, trapping of alkali and alkaline earth atoms, novel quantum phases, nonequilibrium dynamics, new cooling techniques, analogies between condensed matter and atomic physics, quantum metrology, micron-scale force sensing.


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David's research interests include quantum simulation of ultrafast phenomena, nonequilibrium quantum dynamics, Floquet band engineering, anyon synthesis, quasiperiodicity, and quantum metrology. He is the co-director of UCSB’s Eddleman Center for Quantum Innovation and co-design lead for quantum simulation for the DOE Quantum Science Center.



Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring 2021
Richard Whited Endowed Chair in Interdisciplinary Science 2011 – 2017
National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2016
UC President’s Research Catalyst Award (Lead PI) 2015
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE) 2014
Hellman Family Faculty Fellow 2013
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow 2013
Young Investigator Prize, Air Force Office of Scientific Research 2012
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship 1999 – 2002


Ph.D. in Physics, Stanford University, 2007.
B.A. in Physics, Harvard University, 1998.


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