An ingenious idea has revolutionised atomic physics in the past two decades: A simple arrangement of laser beams and magnetic fields can be used to replace the best refrigerators in the world and cool gases to record low temperatures of less than a millionth degrees above absolute zero. At this temperature, that is quite possibly the lowest in the entire universe, the sometimes counterintuitive phenomena of quantum physics can be directly observed. This lecture will sketch how laser cooling and trapping of cold gases works, show microscope images of effects of the famous wave-particle duality, and touch upon new applications that have arisen from this exciting new field of physics.
These lectures will take place at 4:30pm in Room C4, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham NG7 2RD. The programme is specifically designed to appeal to students of Physics at A-level but are open to the general public too. Tickets are not required. However, if you are planning to bring a large party (more than about 20 students) it would be advisable to contact the Secretary beforehand at Alfonso.Aragon@Nottingham.ac.uk. Or phone Professor Aragón-Salamanca directly on 0115 9516230.