Atomic Physics Seminar: Nir Navon, University of Cambridge, “Quantum Gas in a Box”

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 51 See map
217 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

For the past two decades harmonically trapped ultracold atomic gases have been used with great success to study fundamental many-body physics in a flexible experimental setting. Recently, we achieved the first atomic Bose-Einstein condensate in an essentially uniform potential of an optical-box trap [1], which has opened new possibilities for closer connections with condensed-matter systems and theories of the many-body problem that generally rely on the translational symmetry of the system. I will present two directions that we have recently explored with this new system: the (Kibble-Zurek) dynamics of spontaneous symmetry breaking in a quenched homogeneous gas [2], and the emergence of turbulence in a periodically driven quantum gas.

[1] A. L. Gaunt et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 200406 (2013)
[2] N. Navon et al., Science 347, 167 (2015)