Tuesday, November 13th, 2018: Probing Quantum Dynamics with Strongly-driven Degenerate Gases

Event Date: 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 3:45pm

Event Date Details: 

Refreshments served at 3:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Broida 1640
  • Physics Colloquium

Atoms cooled to a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero offer a nearly ideal context for the investigation of quantum systems driven far from equilibrium.  I will present results from a sequence of experiments on cold lithium in optical lattices, starting with the first experimental realization of a relativistic harmonic oscillator, moving on to the engineering of band structure and transport properties by lattice modulation, and concluding with the observation of a prethermal state of driven interacting quantum matter.

David Weld, UCSB