atomic, molecular, and optical physics

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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 2:15pm
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In 2013, the Cornell and Jin groups created and studied an extremely strongly interacting Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of rubidium atoms (85Rb). This BEC was short lived and far out of equilibrium. At the time the experimentalists wondered if this new BEC could be a quantum liquid because the quantum...

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Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:45am
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New theory describing the spin behavior of ultracold polar molecules is opening the door to explorations of exciting, new physics. According to the Gurarie and Rey theory groups, ultracold dipolar molecules can do even more interesting things than swapping spinsFor...

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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:00pm
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Symmetries described by SU(N) group theory made it possible for physicists in the 1950s to explain how quarks combine to make protons and neutrons and JILA theorists in 2013 to model the behavior of atoms inside a laser. Now, the Ye group has observed a manifestation of SU(N≤10) symmetry in the magnetic behavior of strontium-87 (87Sr) atoms trapped in crystals of light created by...

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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 2:15pm
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There’s exciting news from JILA’s ultracold molecule collaboration. The Jin, Ye, Holland, and Rey groups have come up with new theory (verified by experiment) that explains the suppression of chemical reactions between potassium-rubidium (KRb) molecules in the KRb quantum simulator. The main reason the molecules do not collide and react is continuous measurement of molecule loss from the...

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 2:00pm
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The quantum world is not quite as mysterious as we thought it was. It turns out that there are highways into understanding this strange universe. And, graduate students Minghui Xu and David Tieri with Fellow Murray Holland have just discovered one such superhighway that has been around since the 1950s. Traveling along this superhighway has made it possible to understand the quantum behavior of...

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Atomic, molecular and optical physics research interests are on developing ways to dynamically manipulate, control and understand interacting atomic molecular and optical systems. The main goals are to use them as quantum simulators of solid state materials and high energy systems, as quantum information processors, and to engineer improved quantum devices and technologies such...