Saturday Morning Physics
The Coolest Place in the Universe: Cooling and Trapping Atoms with Lasers


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  • Host Department: Physics
  • Date: 10/16/2004
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

  • Location: 170 & 182 Dennison Building

  • Description: The behavior of atoms and light played a central role in the birth of Quantum Theory, developed to explain the physics of the "very small" - the atomic and subatomic worlds. The ability to trap and cool atoms to unbelievably low temperatures is stimulating a new explosion of activity in atom and laser physics. We'll look at how to make an atomic refrigerator and how this is opening a new window on quantum mechanics, maybe bringing it a little closer to "human scale."

    Detailed Information
    All talks are free and refreshments will be served. Visitor parking for the seminars (Central Campus) is across the street from the Dennison Building in the U-M Church Street structure. There is a $2.00 parking charge implemented by U-M Parking Services.

    Contact Information
    For more information regarding the Saturday Morning Physics series, see the Physics Department website, or call 734.764.4437