My group uses atoms to study the nature of physical laws. Our current projects involve

  • looking for physics beyond the Standard Model
  • building new kinds of atomic clocks

Recent work

  1. Measuring the nuclear magnetic quadrupole moment of optically trapped ytterbium atoms in the metastable state New J. Phys. (2024)
  2. Development of room-temperature and cryogenic strontium ion clocks EFTS/IFCS Conf. (2023)
  3. Nuclear T-violation search using octupole-deformed nuclei in a crystal Phys. Rev. A (2023)
  4. Optical control of BaF molecules trapped in neon ice New J. Phys. (2023)

Selected older publications

  1. A measurement of the atomic hydrogen Lamb shift and the proton charge radius, Science (2019)
  2. Magic polarization for light shift cancellation in two-photon optical clocks, Phys. Rev. A (2019)
  3. Improved estimate of the collisional frequency shift in Al+ clocks, Phys. Rev. Research (2019)
  4. Optical frequency standards for gravitational wave detection using satellite Doppler velocimetry, New. J. Phys. (2015)
  5. Order of magnitude smaller limit on the electric dipole moment of the electron, Science (2014)



Code and hardware designs developed in my group are available at


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MP 033 (lab), MP 1121 (office)
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
60 St. George Street
Toronto ON M5S 1A7, Canada

Phone: +1 416 946 8503
Email: amar.vutha Ͽ

'MP' is the McLennan Physics building in the downtown campus.



  • Kristen Cote
  • Takahiro Tow
  • Dr. Scott Smale
  • Alek Radak
  • Amelie Zhang
  • Ben Dobozy
  • Dr. Mingyu Fan
  • Bassam Nima
  • Shravan Sridhar
  • Quinn Agrawal

Recent alumni

  • Alison Okumura → MIT
  • Angela Xiang → U Chicago
  • Harish Ramachandran → Caltech
  • Julia Ford → U Toronto Law
  • Shira Jackson, PhD
  • Samuel Li → Princeton
  • Dr. Rhys Anderson → Google
  • Reynold Chan → U Illinois
  • Dr. Kosuke Kato → National Research Council
  • Nishant Bhatt, PhD → ALPHA Collaboration