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Physics Colloquium, "Gauge fields with cold atoms"

SpeakerDr. Ian B. Spielman, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Date Dec 4, 2013
Time 4:00 pm  
Location 141 Loomis
Cost None
Sponsor Physics Department
Contact Marjorie Gamel
Phone 217-333-3762
Event type Seminar/Symposium
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Originating Calendar Physics - Colloquium

Gauge fields are ubiquitous in Physics.  For example, in the context of high energy physics, they are the fundamental carrier of forces; while in condensed matter systems the associated physical fields (electrical and magnetic) are essential in creating and understanding many-body phenomena.

Here I present our experimental work synthesizing static gauge fields for ultracold neutral atoms -- analogous to applied fields in condensed matter systems -- and I will discuss these static gauge fields both in terms of conventional electromagnetism and also using the language of spin-orbit coupling.

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