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Physics Colloquium, "Gauge fields with cold atoms"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
physics
Sponsor
Physics Department
Location
141 Loomis
Date
Dec 4, 2013   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Ian B. Spielman, National Institute of Standards & Technology
Cost
None
Contact
Marjorie Gamel
E-Mail
mgamel@illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-3762
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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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