Recent news:
  Lene Hau received the International Research Prize from the Olav Thon Foundation, Oslo, March 7, 2019. Read more.

Lene Hau and Olav Thon



  Lene Hau was appointed by the European Commision to serve on the European Research Council (ERC)'s governing body, the Scientific Council, on December 19, 2018. Press release is here.


  Our article "Protein motion and configurations in a form-fitting nanopore: Avidin in ClyA" by Bo Lu, Chris Stokes, Monifa Fahie, Min Chen, Jene A. Golovchenko, and Lene Vestergaard Hau has been published in Biophysical Journal. Please click on this link for the article.

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Lene Hau's work is featured on National Public Radio's Radiolab called "Master of the Universe". The podcast is here (at approx. minute 45)



NPR's Radiolab, "Master of the Universe", featuring Lene Hau.

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Lene Vestergaard Hau was the Keynote Speaker at EliteForsk-konferencen 2013 (Elite Research Conference 2013) in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 7, 2013. Read more.

Lene Hau, Keynote Speaker, EliteForsk-konferencen 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark. Read full story.

EliteForsk-konferencen 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Lene Vestergaard Hau has received the Carlsberg Foundation’s Research Award from the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters on October 6, 2011. The prize of 1 million kroner is awarded in connection with the 200 year anniversary of brewer J.C. Jacobsen, founder of the Carlsberg Breweries and the Carlsberg Foundation. One prize each in the Natural Sciences and the Humanities was awarded. The Carlsberg Foundation has been one of the absolute main funders of Danish research over the last century. Read more...

Carlsberg Foundation Award. Read full story.

Carlsberg Foundation Award. Read full story.

  Lene Vestergaard Hau was named '2011 Distinguished Alum' by Aarhus University, Denmark, on September 9, 2011 at the university's anniversary celebration. Hau received her PhD degree in physics from Aarhus University in 1991, and now, 20 years later, returned to the university to receive the title of 2011 Distinguished Alum. Read more...
Lene Vestergaard Hau '2011 Distinguished Alum'. The sculpture is by Hanne Varming.

Lene Vestergaard Hau and University President Lauritz Holm-Nielsen

  Lene Vestergaard Hau was an invited speaker at a new lecture series entitled "From the Cutting Edge: Emerging Trends in 5 Disciplines" at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, D.C. on May 11, 2011. Read more...
Lene Hau speaking at AAAS, May 11, 2011.
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Lene Vestergaard Hau was namedWorld Dane 2010('Verdensdansker 2010') by global network Danes Worldwide at the organization’s annual summer meeting, held at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, Denmark, on 1 August 2010. The honor is awarded to a Dane who has made a special contribution to placing Denmark on the World map. Read more...

Lene Hau receiving World Dane 2010 award. Please click here to read the complete story.

  Lene Hau was selected National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow. The Department of Defense made the announcement on 25 January 2010. Only 11 distinguished university faculty scientists and engineers were picked from within all areas of science and engineering. Under the program, the DoD provides large, long-term grants to top-tier reserchers from U.S. universities to conduct unclassified, basic research that may significantly transform DoD's capabilities in the long term.

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  Publication by graduate students Anne Goodsell and Trygve Ristroph with Professors Lene Hau and Jene Golovchenko in the April 2, 2010 issue of Physical Review Letters was selected as the cover story, as an Editor's Suggestion, featured in a Synopsis in Physics: the APS publication "spotlighting exceptional research", and picked as a Nature Research Highlight. Cold-atom and nanoscale science have each provided exciting new systems for study and applications. We report the first experimental realization of a combined cold atom-nanostructure system that represents a new paradigm at the interface of these two disciplines.  Read more... PRL Cover Goodsell et al.
PRL cover, Apr 2, 2010. 
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  Our article "Creation of Long-Term Coherent Optical Memory via Controlled Nonlinear Interactions in Bose-Einstein Condensates" by Rui Zhang, Sean R. Garner, and Lene Vestergaard Hau is in the 4 Dec. 2009 issue of Physical Review Letters. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 233602 (2009). Storing light for more than one second: We observe that a light pulse can be stopped and stored for 1.5 seconds in a Bose-Einstein condensate of laser cooled atoms. During this time, light could – under normal circumstances – travel to the moon. Read more...

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  Graduate student Brian Murphy and Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau published the January 20, 2009 cover story of Physical Review Letters. The article, "Electro-optical nanotraps for neutral atoms," is also featured in the APS publication Physics - spotlighting exceptional research.The work represents the first merging of cold atom and nanoscale technologies, and shows that atoms can be trapped and cooled to extremely low temperatures with chip integrated nanostructures at room temperature. This has major importance for the field of quantum physics and technology, allowing for the creation of novel nano-optic devices and for fundamental investigations of quantum physics at the nanoscale. Please click here for full article.

  Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau published a Commentary in Nature Photonics' Focus Issue on slow light (August, 2008). Read Professor Lene Vestergaard Hau's article in Nature Photonics.
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  Our work from 2007 was picked as the Nature Editors'
Favourite of 2007 in Quantum Physics
was selected for the American Institute of Physics'
Top Ten Physics News Stories of 2007.

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featured on the cover of Nature, Feb. 8, 2007. Read more...
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