Building with Crystals of Light and Quantum Matter: From Clocks to Computers

Duke Physics Colloquium
Ana Maria Rey (JILA, University of Colorado, Boulder)

"Building with Crystals of Light and Quantum Matter: From Clocks to Computers"

Understanding the behavior of interacting electrons in solids or liquids is at the heart of modern quantum science and necessary for technological advances. However, the complexity of their interactions generally prevents us from coming up with an exact mathematical description of their behavior. Precisely engineered ultracold gases are emerging as a powerful tool for unraveling these challenging physical problems. In this talk, I will present recent developments at JILA on using atoms in crystals of light for the investigation of complex many-body phenomena and magnetism. I will also discuss a new research direction of using atomic clocks not only as precise time keepers but also as unique quantum laboratories for the investigation of new forms of matter with no known counterpart in nature.

Faculty Hosts: Profs. Haiyan Gao and Daniel Gauthier

Refreshments will be served before and after the event in room 128.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:30pm
location: 
Physics 128
contact: 
Paul, Cristin
660-2491