Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Physicist Deborah Jin, Won 'Genius' Award

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Physicist Deborah Jin, Won 'Genius' Award

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Deborah Jin, an American physicist who was one of the world's foremost experts on how ordinary atoms and molecules change their behavior at extraordinarily low temperatures and who was known for creating what is sometimes called a new state of matter, died Sept. 15 at a hospice center in Boulder, Colo. She was 47.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, where Ms. Jin was employed for 20 years, announced the death was caused by cancer.

A 2003 recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the "genius" award, Ms. Jin was a masterfully deft and accomplished experimenter. Using lasers, magnets and vacuum chambers, she trapped and probed tiny bits of matter in realms only infinitesimal fractions of a degree above absolute zero, where all motion is understood to cease. …

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