In 1984, under the national science plan, professor Gou Qingquan established the Institute of High Temperature, High Pressure and Atomic and Molecular Physics (later divided into “Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics” and “Institute of High Temperature and High Pressure”) at Chengdu University of Science and Technology (now a part of Sichuan University). Upon this foundation, in 1985, the institute was ready to accept Ph. D. student and at the same year acquired the Ph. D. program. In 1988, it was rated to be the only national key discipline in atomic and molecular physics. More than sixty Ph. D. students, one hundred sixty master students have graduated. In this discipline, the number of graduates is the most in the nation and best in quality.
The standard is among the best in the nation and has certain international influence. In 1992, the Ph. D. and master program was rated No.1 in the nation. The Research is to train high-level talents, to develop creative research in the following 5 areas: 1. Atomic and molecular physics under high temperature and high pressure; 2. Atomic and molecular physics theory and its application; 3. Nano-meter physics, atomic, molecular design and high temperature synthetics of new materials; 4. Cluster physics and atomic collision in solids; 5. Atomic and molecular fundamental research in bio-condenced matter.
The characteristic of research is putting emphasis on both fundamentals and applications, combine national defence and production and have achieved fruitful results.