Shina Tan, “Quantum Behaviors of Extremely Cold Atoms”

SPACS Physics and Astronomy Colloquium Mar. 7, 2013
will be held at  3:00pm, Art and Design Building, Room 2003
Shina Tan of Georgia Institute of Technology will discuss
Quantum Behaviors of Extremely Cold Atoms
Abstract:To our knowledge, by far the coldest places in the universe are on earth. When atomic vapors are cooled to something like a billionth
of a degree above absolute zero, things get simplified since the de Broglie wave lengths of atoms are now enormous, and atoms behave
like point particles. Using a technique known as Feshbach resonance, physicists can make them interact with each other very strongly. I will
discuss some weird quantum behaviors of these strongly interacting atoms.
Enjoy the colloquium in conjunction with coffee, tea, chocolate cookies, and fruits. For more information about the colloquia line-up, go to http://mason.gmu.edu/~ezhao2/collo.htm