Physics at Virginia

"Phase ordering in atomic gases"

Austen Lamacraft , Oxford
[Host: Paul Fendley]
The ordering of matter into different phases is a central preoccupation of many areas of physics, from condensed matter to cosmology. Hand in hand with the existence of different phases goes the question of which dynamical processes are responsible for = their formation, which may be equally important in determining what is observed in a given situation. Recent experimental advances in the creation of degenerate atomic gases have begun to realize the prospect of a rich variety of new phases in atomic matter, involving the hyperfine degrees of freedom, mixtures of different species, or spatial order on optical lattices. With each new phase comes the issue of how that phase will appear under laboratory conditions.=C2=A0 In this talk I'll discuss the theoretical treatment of phase ordering = in=C2=A0 several recent experiments, and the possibility of observing new dynamical phenomena in the future.
Condensed Matter Seminar
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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