Gyu-Boong Jo

  • Innovation Award in 2016 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr Gyu-Boong Jo is an associate professor of the department of physics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and leads the Laboratory for Ultracold Quantum Gases. He obtained the Bachelor degree in physics and mathematics from the Seoul National University in 2003 , and continued his Phd  in atomic physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was awarded the Samsung graduate fellowship in 2004-2009. Since 2010, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley before he joined the physics department at HKUST in 2013. He is also the recipient of the AKPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) in 2013 and the Early Career Award from the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong in 2014.


Dr Jo’s main research interest is focused on the realization of synthetic quantum material using ultracold matters, namely a dilute gas of ultracold neutral atoms. Using a highly controllable synthetic material as a model system, he hope to understand the strongly interacting many-body system in condensed-matter. For this goal, his team adopts the experimental technique from the Atomic Molecular Optical (AMO) physics to control and address neutral atoms. In his laboratory, a dilute gas of ytterbium atoms is routinely cooled down to 100 billionth of 1 Kelvin above the absolute zero temperature. At such low temperature, ytterbium atoms mimic the behaviour of the electrons in real material by which his team tries to understand the property of metallic and insulating phases in a interacting Fermi gas that are essential for high Tc superconductors. His team is also interested in the topological state in a system of ultracold atoms, which have potential applications for realizing quantum computation in the future.