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Ultracold Polar Molecules

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Debbie Jin

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

JILA, University of Colorado
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

Gases of atoms can be cooled to temperatures close to absolute zero, where intriguing quantum behaviors such as Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity emerge.  A new direction in experiments is to try to produce an ultracold gas of molecules, rather than atoms.  In particular, polar molecules, which have strong dipole-dipole interactions, are interesting for applications ranging from quantum information to modeling condensed matter physics.  I will describe experiments that produce and explore an ultracold gas of polar molecules.