[Host: Olivier Pfister]
Following the great success of mean field theory in describing trapped
Bose-Einstein condensates, there has recently been much interest in also
including thermal and spontaneous processes which are not present in the
mean field description. One way to do this involves using phase space
methods which were developed in quantum optics to similarly extend the
mean field theory of lasers.
This talk will present an overview of theory and applications of the
truncated Wigner method to ultra-cold Bose gas physics. We will cover
the formal basis for the method, its connections to classical field
methods and exact phase space methods, and discuss recent applications
to a number of systems of experimental interest.
Atomic Physics Seminar
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Physics Building, Room 204
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