University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursday, January 28th 2016
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Kathy Levin, University of Chicago
Subject: Atomic Gases as a Proxy-Laboratory for Condensed (& Other) Matter
Refreshments to be served outside 101 Fraser after the colloquium.

In this talk I summarize how experiments in atomic gases can inform about condensed matter and also quark-gluon matter. The difficulties of performing these atomic physics experiments are evident. One can't insert thermometers or put current leads into trapped atom gases. But very important are their unique capabilities which provide windows into physics not otherwise accessible. We focus on 3 successful encounters between theory and experiment in atomic Fermi superfluids which take advantage of these unique windows. The ultimate motivation behind these examples is, of course, the pursuit of various holy grails in condensed matter physics (e.g.,understanding high temperature superconductors and topological trapped superfluidity).

Faculty Host: Oriol T. Valls

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