Associate Dean for Research
Department of Physics
Additional Positions at AU
Associate Dean of Research, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
PHD, Theoretical Physics, University of Maryland
Philip Johnson received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Maryland in 2000, as a member of the Gravitational Theory Group working on problems at the interaction of general relativity and quantum field theory. From 2000-2004 he was a postdoctoral fellow with the superconducting quantum computing group at Maryland, modeling superconducting qubits and working closely with the Maryland experimental group. From 2004-2006, he was a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he was a member of the quantum processes group and worked closely with the NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group on the physics of ultracold atoms in optical lattices. In 2006, he joined the Department of Physics at American University (AU) in Washington DC, where he has served as Department Chair and is presently the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Arts and Sciences. Since moving to AU, Dr. Johnson’s research has focused on the developing the theory of effective interactions for few-atom systems with collaborators from the Joint Quantum Institute of NIST and the University of Maryland, with an eye toward applications to quantum sensing, simulation, and metrology, and he continues to work on superconducting qubit physics with colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition to his service at AU, he is on the executive committee of the Topical Group on Few-Body Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics (GFB) and is the APS council representative for the Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS).