LU Zhengtian, ProfessorSingle-molecule Physics and Chemistry

Name: Zheng-Tian Lu(卢征天)
Address:Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale
University of Science and Technology of China
Hefei, Anhui 230026, China
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Research Interests
Test fundamental symmetries of space and time, between matter and anti-matter, and search for new physics beyond the Standard Model;
Develop novel methods for ultrasensitive trace isotope analysis, and apply these methods in earth and environmental sciences;
Study exotic nuclei, atoms and molecules with precision measurements.
Degrees attained
  Ph.D., 1994, University of California at Berkeley;
  M.S., 1991, The University of Chicago;
  B.S., 1987, University of Science and Technology of China.

Employment history 
  2015 – Present, Professor, University of Science and Technology of China; 
  2007 – 2015, Senior Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory; 
  2004 – 2015, Professor (part-time), The University of Chicago; 
  2000 – 2007, Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory; 
  1997 – 2000, Assistant Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory; 
  1994 – 1997, Research Associate, JILA, University of Colorado. 
Awards and Honors
 National Thousand-Talent Professorship, China (2015);
 Distinguished Lecturer, University of Science and Technology of China (2014);
 Francis M. Pipkin Award, American Physical Society (2009);
 Fellow, American Physical Society (2006);
 U. S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2000);
 U. S. DOE Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award (2000).
Recent Professional Service and Association
Member, International Advisory Board, The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, 2015 – 2021
Vice Chair – Chair Elect – Chair, Topical Group of Precision Measurement and Fundamental Constants, American Physical Society, 2013 – 2016;
Member, U.S. nuclear physics long range plan group, 2014 – 2015;
Member, Program committee, Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, American Physical Society, 2014 - 2016;
Member, NSAC Subcommittee on Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, 2014;
Member, NSF program review panel, March 2014;
Member, U.S. Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC), 2011 – 2013;
Organizer, The First International Workshop on Tracer Applications of Noble Gas Radionuclides (TANGR 2012), Argonne National Laboratory, June 2012;
Co-convenor (on EDM), Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier Workshop, Washington DC, November 2011;
Member, ORNL/LANL Neutron EDM Technical Review Committee, 2011 – 2013;
Member, NSAC Subcommittee on Neutron Physics, 2011;
Co-organizer / Scientific Secretary, The 6th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide, Lanzhou, China, August 2009;
Member and Councilor-at-large, Overseas Chinese Physics Association, 2007 – 2009;
 Atom Trap, Krypton-81, and Global Groundwater, Plenary Talk at the 2012 April Meeting of the American Physical Society
Selected Publications
 • First measurement of the atomic electric dipole moment of 225Ra
  R.H. Parker et al. Physical Review Letters 114, 233002 (2015)
 • Continental degassing of 4He by surficial discharge of deep groundwater
  P.K. Aggarwalet al. Nature Geoscience 8, 35-39 (2015)
 • Tracer applications of noble gas radionuclides in the geosciences
  Z.-T. Lu, P. Schlosser, N.C. Sturchio, W. Smethie al.
  Earth-Science Reviews138, 196(2014)
 • Measurement of the hyperfine quenching rate of the clock transition in 171Yb
  C.-Y. Xu et al. Physical Review Letters 113, 033003 (2014)
 • Radiometric 81Kr dating identifies 120,000 year old ice at Taylor Glacier, Antarctica
  C. Buizertet al. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences111, 6876 (2014).
  See accompanying Commentary : Aeschbach-Hertig, W. ibid
 • Laser probing of halo nuclei in light atoms
  Z.-T. Lu, P. Mueller, G.W.F. Drake, S. Pieper, W. Nortershauser, Z.-C. Yan
  Reviewof Modern Physics85, 1383 (2013).
 • An atom counter for measuring Kr-81 and Kr-85 in environmental samples
  W. Jiang et al.GeochimicaetCosmochimicaActa, 91, 1-6 (2012)
 • Ar-39 detection at 10^-16 isotopic abundance level with atom trap trace analysis
  W. Jiang et al.Physical Review Letters 106, 103001 (2011)
  See accompanying PhysicsSynopsis : G. Sprouse
 • Nuclear charge radius of 8He
  P. Mueller et al.Physical Review Letters 99, 252501 (2007)
 • Laser trapping of Ra-225 and Ra-226 with repumping by room-temperature blackbody radiation
  J.R. Guest et al.Physical Review Letters 98, 093001 (2007)
 • Laser spectroscopic determination of the 6He nuclear charge radius
  L.-B. Wang et al.Physical Review Letters 93, 142501 (2004)
 • One million year old groundwater in the Sahara revealed by Kr-81 and Cl-36
  N.C. Sturchio et al.Geophysical Research Letters 31, L05503 (2004)
 • Ultrasensitive isotope trace analyses with a magneto-optical trap
  C.Y. Chen et al.Science 286, 1139 (1999)
 • Laser trapping of short-lived radioactive isotopes
  Z.-T. Lu et al.Physical Review Letters 72, 3791 (1994)

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