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Active Faculty
Associate Professor of Physics
Additional Titles: 
Associate Professor of Applied Physics

Spilker Building, Room 304
Ginzton Laboratory Mailbox 305
348 Via Pueblo Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-4088

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How does quantum matter organize under the interplay of superfluidity, crystallinity, and magnetism?  What might ultracold atomic gases teach us about quantum many-body physics? 

Professor Lev's research focuses on exploring the organizing principles of quantum matter through the development of techniques at the interface of ultracold atomic physics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics.  

Major achievements include:

  • Production and study of the first quantum gases of the most magnetic element, dysprosium.
  • Development of the novel SQCRAMscope, a Scanning Quantum CRyogentic Atom Microscope for imaging transport in strongly correlated and topological materials.
  • Explorations of the physics associated with quantum liquid crystals and spin glasses in the context of mulitmode cavity QED as well as that associated with quantum neural network computation via dissipative neuromorphic quantum phase transitions. 

Current areas of foucs:
-Quantum glasses in cavity QED
-Quantum neural networks
-Synthetic gauge fields in highly magnetic dysprosium quantum gases
-Cryogenic atom chip microscopy of condensed matter using the SQCRAMscope


  • A.B., magna cum laude in Physics, Princeton University 1999
  • Ph.D Caltech 2005
  • NRC Postdoc JILA & NIST 2006-2007
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2008-2011
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Physics (by courtesy), Stanford University 2011-
  • Associate Professor of Applied Physics and Physics (by courtesy), Stanford University 2011-2015
  • Associate Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University 2016-


  • Chambers Fellowship (Stanford)
  • 2014 Terman Fellowship (Stanford)
  • 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)
  • 2012 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR YIP)
  • 2011 Terman Fellowship (Stanford)
  • 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from NSF (awarded 2011)
  • 2010 Packard Fellowship
  • 2008 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award
  • 2008 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (AFOSR YIP)
  • 2004 Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lectureship, Caltech
  • 1999 Allen Goodrich Schenstone Prize for Outstanding Work in Experimental Physics, Princeton University