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Events During the Week of July 8th through July 15th, 2012

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Atomic Physics Seminar
Single impurity atoms immersed in an ultracold gas
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin
Speaker: Nicolas Spethmann, Institute for Applied Physics, University of Bonn
Abstract: Ultracold gases doped with single impurity atoms are promising hybrid systems that pave the way for the realization of intriguing scenarios, such as studying polaron physics, forming local, coherent probes for a many-body system and coherent cooling of individual neutral atoms containing quantum information.

I will present our experiments of immersing single and few Cs atoms into an ultracold, thermal Rb cloud. We observe the sympathetic cooling of the impurity atoms, where the temperature is limited only by the temperature of the Rb gas. The thermalization dynamics can be understood in terms of the well-known elastic interspecies s-wave scattering length. Inelastic three-body collisions are studied with atomic resolution, allowing to unambiguously assign losses to Rb-Rb-Cs three-body recombination and permitting a precise determination of the loss coefficient, which is not directly possible in balanced mixtures. In all experiments, the ultracold Rb gas remains unaffected by the interaction with the Cs impurity atoms, demonstrating the feasibility of using single atoms as probes for a many-body system. The obtained results for the interaction properties of the two sub-systems are a significant step toward a coherently interacting hybrid system of individually controllable impurities in a quantum many-body system.

Host: Saffman
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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012

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Friday, July 13th, 2012

Cosmology Journal Club
An Informal discussion about a broad variety of arXiv papers related to Cosmology
Time: 12:00 pm
Place: 5242 Chamberlin Hall
Abstract: Please visit the following link for more details:
Please feel free to bring your lunch!
If you have questions or comments about this journal club, would like to propose a topic or volunteer to introduce a paper, please email Le Zhang (
Host: Peter Timbie
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