Atomic / Molecular / Optical

Ranked in 2014, part of Physics

Atomic, molecular and optical physicists work on research projects involving high-power lasers, precision measurements, atom trapping and more. These are the best physics schools for atomic / molecular / optical programs.

Rank School name
#1 University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

#2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

#3 Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

#4 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

#5 University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

#6 University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

#6 University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

#8 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

#9 University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

#10 Rice University

Houston, TX

#10 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

#12 Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

#12 University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

#14 University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

#14 University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

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