Hugh Robinson

Hugh Robinson

Professor Emeritus

Front Office Address: 
Physics Department, Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708


Precision measurement of g-factor ratios; wall-coated, evacuated cells for atomic clock; precision heterodyne spectroscopy; laser noise spectroscopy; cold-atom vapor cell traps; microwave Ramsey fringe spectroscopy using cold atoms; and theory of  two-photon multi-level spectroscopy. Miniaturization of atomic clocks and magnetometers.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 1954

Selected Grants

Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Physics awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1987 to 1988

Monroe, C., et al. “Very cold trapped atoms in a vapor cell.” Collected Papers of Carl Wieman, 2008, pp. 294–97. Scopus, doi:10.1142/9789812813787_0038. Full Text

Knappe, S., et al. “Compact atomic vapor cells fabricated by laser-induced heating of hollow-core glass fibers.” Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 74, no. 6, AIP Publishing, June 2003, pp. 3142–45. Crossref, doi:10.1063/1.1575925. Full Text

Hollberg, L., et al. “Optical frequency standards and measurements.” Ieee Journal of Quantum Electronics, vol. 37, no. 12, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Dec. 2001, pp. 1502–13. Crossref, doi:10.1109/3.970895. Full Text

Heavner, T. P., et al. “Characterization of a cold cesium source for PARCS: Primary Atomic Reference Clock in Space.” Ieee Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 50, no. 2, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Apr. 2001, pp. 500–02. Crossref, doi:10.1109/19.918176. Full Text

Vukicevic, N., et al. “Compact diode-laser based rubidium frequency reference.” Ieee Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 47, no. 5, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sept. 2000, pp. 1122–26. Crossref, doi:10.1109/58.869047. Full Text

Holander-Gleixner, S., et al. “Derivation of an analytical model to calculate junction depth in HgCdTe photodiodes.” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 83, no. 3, AIP Publishing, Feb. 1998, pp. 1299–304. Crossref, doi:10.1063/1.366829. Full Text

Fox, R. W., et al. “Optical probing of cold trapped atoms.” Optics Letters, vol. 18, no. 17, Jan. 1993, pp. 1456–58. Scopus, doi:10.1364/OL.18.001456. Full Text

Monroe, C., et al. “Observation of the cesium clock transition using laser-cooled atoms in a vapor cell.Optics Letters, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 1991, p. 50. Epmc, doi:10.1364/ol.16.000050. Full Text

Monroe, C., et al. “Very cold trapped atoms in a vapor cell.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 65, no. 13, Jan. 1990, pp. 1571–74. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.65.1571. Full Text

Robinson, H. G., et al. “RF cavity design and performance for the tunl polarized ion source.” Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, vol. 278, no. 3, June 1989, pp. 655–59. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0168-9002(89)91187-X. Full Text

Camparo, J. C., et al. “Dicke narrowing in strong fields: The atom-as-antenna analogy.” Physical Review A, vol. 40, no. 5, Jan. 1989, pp. 2351–58. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.40.2351. Full Text


Robinson, H. G., and C. E. Johnson. “MEASURED g//J-FACTOR RATIO OF **4He** plus (1 **2S// one-half ) AND **4He(2 **3S//1).National Bureau of Standards, Special Publication, 1984, pp. 229–31.