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Prof. Duncan O’Dell, McMaster University
Over the last ten years a number of groups have succeeded in trapping ultracold atoms inside high finesse optical cavities. These systems allow us to study, in a very clean and controllable way, the paradigm of a single atom interacting with a single mode of the electromagnetic field. Bose-Einstein condensates of atoms can also be trapped in optical cavities and used to study quantum phase transitions such as that found in the Dicke model. In this talk I will introduce this field and also describe my group’s proposal for using optical cavities to perform non-destructive measurements of Bloch oscillations of atoms as a means to measure gravity.