Engineering Quantum Materials from Cold Atoms: Mott Insulators to Emergent CrystalsExport this event to calendar

Thursday, January 31, 2013 — 4:00 PM EST

Jonathan Simon
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
University of Chicago

Abstract

The tools of atomic physics provide a unique and powerful toolbox for studies of quantum many-body physics. Using such systems it has recently become possible to engineer strongly-correlated materials from the ground up and probe them with single-atom resolution. I will describe experiments in which we have synthesized the first magnetic material composed of ultracold atoms, and watched it undergo a quantum phase transition from a paramagnet to an antiferromagnet. I will then introduce a new algorithmic cooling scheme that we have demonstrated, pointing the way to yet more exotic quantum phases that exist at lower temperatures. Finally, I will describe ongoing efforts to develop materials composed of strongly correlated photons whose long-range anisotropic interactions will open new horizons, permitting studies of quantum soft-matter.

Location 
PHY - Physics
150
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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