Physics Club: Wolfgang Ketterle, MIT, “Ultracold atoms as quantum simulators for new materials - optical lattices, synthetic magnetic fields and topological phases”

Event time: 
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), 57 See map
217 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

When atoms are cooled to nanokelvin temperatures, they can easily be confined and manipulated with laser beams. Crystalline materials are simulated by placing the atoms into an optical lattice, a periodic interference pattern of laser beams. Recently, synthetic magnetic fields have been realized. With the help of laser beams, neutral atoms move around in the same way as charged particles subject to the magnetic Lorentz force. These developments should allow the realization of quantum Hall systems and topological insulators with ultracold atoms.