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Special CM-AMO Seminar | Many-Body Physics with Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Systems, Speaker: Alexey V. Gorshkov, Ph.D. (Institute for Quantum Information, CalTech)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
12:00 AM
335 West Hall

Speaker: Alexey V. Gorshkov, Ph.D.

Deep understanding of and precise control over many-body -- that is, large and interacting -- quantum systems can provide fundamental insights into their peculiar and diverse behavior. Such understanding and control can also enable the realization of revolutionary applications such as extraordinarily powerful quantum computers. In this talk, I will show that atomic, molecular, and optical systems can provide an ideal platform for addressing major questions in many-body physics. I will particularly emphasize how ultracold alkaline-earth atoms and polar molecules in optical lattices can be used effectively to shed light onto some of the most intriguing condensed matter phenomena.