Gases of atoms can be cooled to temperatures close to absolute zero, where intriguing quantum behaviors such as Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity emerge. A new direction in experiments is to try to produce an ultracold gas of molecules, rather than atoms. In particular, polar molecules, which have strong dipole-dipole interactions, are interesting for applications ranging from quantum information to modeling condensed matter physics. Dr. Jin will describe experiments that produce and explore an ultracold gas of polar molecules. Deborah Jin is a NIST Fellow and an Adjoint Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado. Her current experimental research at JILA includes studies of ultracold Fermi gases and the BCS-BEC crossover, ultracold polar molecules, sternly interacting Bose-Einstein condensates, and Bose-Fermi gas mixtures. She is a Fellow of the national Academy of Sciences, the American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

Today, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011
4:10PM Webster B-17, WSU, Pullman

Join the speaker for refreshments at 3:45 P.M. in the foyer on the ground floor (G) of Webster.

Host: Dr. Doerte Blume, Physics and Astronomy