Ultracold atoms: emulating high-temperature superconductors, neutron stars, and more

Dr Evgeni Burovski, Physics

Tuesday 14 December 2010, 1535-1600
Lecture Theatre 3, Management School Building

In recent years, ultracold atomic systems have emerged as a controlled and tunable toolbox for studying a variety of many-body quantum phenomena. Amazingly, dilute vapours of alkali metals (typically several million times thinner than air) at microkelvin temperatures may yield insights into topics as diverse as high temperature superconductivity or physics of neutron stars.

In this talk I will try to give an overview of several avenues of research where a combination of cold atom experiments, theoretical efforts and large-scale computer simulations are used for tackling some of the hardest fundamental problems of the many-body physics.

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