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Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics Seminar

Thursday, May 2, 2019
2:15pm – 3:15pm

Storrs Campus
Physics Building, P121

Dr. Ryan Carollo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Bates College Blowing Bubbles... in Space! Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) can be used as sensitive probes or tests of delicate physics. However, gravitational sag equivalent to 100 nanokelvin per micron can adversely affect sensitive measurements or delicate potentials. NASA and JPL have solved this problem by installing a BEC machine (the Cold Atom Laboratory - CAL) on the International Space Station. We're using it to blow bubbles - fully-connected, quasi-2-dimensional shells of weakly-trapped condensate - and study them in a shape that can't be achieved on Earth.

Contact:

Dr. A. Huang

Physics Department (primary)

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