Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada (DAMOPC)

About Us

The Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Canada (DAMOPC) includes both experimental and theoretical physicists working in the field of ‘AMO’ physics, which is Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics. Topics of study include: the properties of light; applications of laser science; photonic devices; fundamentals of quantum mechanics and the nature of quantum information; the interaction of light with photonic crystals, semiconductors, quantum wells and superlattices; ultafast and nonlinear optical phenomena and spectroscopy; cold and ultracold atoms such as Bose-Einstein condensates and neutral Fermi gases; trapped ions; plasma physics; and studies of biological systems using optical probes. Such a wide variety of interests are drawn together by a common focus on lasers as primary experimental tools, and on quantum mechanics as the primary theoretical paradigm. Even though AMO is an old field, it has been continually rejuvenated with new technologies and deeper understanding. As some evidence of this, 5 of the last 16 Nobel prizes have been awarded in AMO physics: 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2012

Our Mission/Activities

  • enhance the quality and excellence of AMO physics and photonics in Canada.
  • inform members of developments of the field at the CAP Congress and through Division e-updates
  • recognize outstanding junior researchers
  • raise awareness of the benefits of physics for the long-term health of Canada.

DASP News and Resources

Our Leadership


Paul Barclay

University of Calgary

Vice Chair

Adriana Predoi-Cross

University of Lethbridge


Karl-Peter Marzlin

St. Francis Xavier University

Past Chair

Matt Reid

University of Northern British Columbia