Zheng-Tian Lu  Professor

Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale

University of Science and Technology of China

Hefei, Anhui 230026, China

Phone: +86-551-6360-6834
Email: ztlu@ustc.edu.cn

Research Interests

  • Test fundamental symmetries of space and time, between matter and anti-matter, and search for new physics beyond the Standard Model;
  • Develop novel methods for ultrasensitive trace isotope analysis, and apply these methods in earth and environmental sciences;
  • Study exotic nuclei, atoms and molecules with precision measurements.

Degrees attained

1994, University of California at Berkeley;
1991, The University of Chicago;
1987, University of Science and Technology of China.

Employment history

2015 – Present,   Professor,                     University of Science and Technology of China;

2007 – 2015,       Senior Physicist,            Argonne National Laboratory;

2004 – 2015,       Professor (part-time),    The University of Chicago;

2000 – 2007,       Physicist,                        Argonne National Laboratory;

1997 – 2000,       Assistant Physicist,         Argonne National Laboratory;

1994 – 1997,       Research Associate,      JILA, University of Colorado.

Awards and Honors

National Thousand-Talent Professorship, China (2015);

Distinguished Lecturer, University of Science and Technology of China (2014);

Francis M. Pipkin Award, American Physical Society (2009);

Fellow, American Physical Society (2006);

U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2000);

U.S. DOE Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award (2000).

Recent Professional Service and Association

  • Member,International Advisory Board, The Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, 2015-2021;
  • Vice Chair – Chair Elect – Chair, Topical Group of Precision Measurement and Fundamental Constants, American Physical Society, 2013 – 2016;
  • Member, U.S. nuclear physics long range plan group, 2014 – 2015;
  • Member, Program committee, Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, American Physical Society, 2014 - 2016;
  • Member, NSAC Subcommittee on Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, 2014;
  • Member, NSF program review panel, March 2014;
  • Member, U.S. Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC), 2011 – 2013;
  • Organizer, The First International Workshop on Tracer Applications of Noble Gas Radionuclides (TANGR 2012), Argonne National Laboratory, June 2012;
  • Co-convenor (on EDM), Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier Workshop, Washington DC, November 2011;
  • Member, ORNL/LANL Neutron EDM Technical Review Committee, 2011 – 2013;
  • Member, NSAC Subcommittee on Neutron Physics, 2011;
  • Co-organizer / Scientific Secretary, The 6th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide, Lanzhou, China, August 2009;
  • Member and Councilor-at-large, Overseas Chinese Physics Association, 2007 – 2009;


Selected Publications

  • First measurement of the atomic electric dipole moment of 225Ra
    R.H. Parker et al. Phys. Rev. Lett., 114, 233002, (2015). [DOI]

  • Continental degassing of 4He by surficial discharge of deep groundwater
    P.K. Aggarwal et al. Nature Geoscience 8, 35-39, (2015). [DOI]

  • Tracer applications of noble gas radionuclides in the geosciences
    Z.-T. Lu, P. Schlosser, N.C. Sturchio, W. Smethie Jr. et al. Earth-Science Reviews 138, 196, (2014). [DOI]

  • Measurement of the hyperfine quenching rate of the clock transition in 171Yb
    C.-Y. Xu et al. Physical Review Letters 113, 033003, (2014). [DOI]

  • Radiometric 81Kr dating identifies 120,000 year old ice at Taylor Glacier, Antarctica
    C. Buizert et al. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences 111, 6876, (2014). [DOI]
    See accompanying Commentary : Aeschbach-Hertig, W. ibid

  • Laser probing of halo nuclei in light atoms
    Z.-T. Lu, P. Mueller, G.W.F. Drake, S. Pieper, W. Nortershauser, Z.-C. Yan Review of Modern Physics 85, 1383, (2013). [DOI]

  • An atom counter for measuring Kr-81 and Kr-85 in environmental samples
    W. Jiang et al. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 91, 1-6, (2012). [DOI]

  • Ar-39 detection at 10-16 isotopic abundance level with atom trap trace analysis
    W. Jiang et al. Physical Review Letters 106, 103001, (2011). [DOI]
    See accompanying Physics Synopsis : G. Sprouse

  • Nuclear charge radius of 8He
    P. Mueller et al. Physical Review Letters 99, 252501, (2007). [DOI]

  • Laser trapping of Ra-225 and Ra-226 with repumping by room-temperature blackbody radiation
    J.R. Guest et al. Physical Review Letters 98, 093001, (2007). [DOI]

  • Laser spectroscopic determination of the 6He nuclear charge radius
    L.-B. Wang et al. Physical Review Letters 93, 142501, (2004) [DOI]

  • Ultrasensitive isotope trace analyses with a magneto-optical trap
    C.Y. Chen et al. Science 286, 1139, (1999). [DOI]

  • Laser trapping of short-lived radioactive isotopes
    Z.-T. Lu et al. Physical Review Letters 72, 3791, (1994). [DOI]