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Quantum Institute : 2008 Quantum Lunch Seminar Schedule


  • Coordinator
    Diego Dalvit
  • Quantum Lunch Location:
    T-Division Conference Room, TA-3,
    Building 123, Room 121

Quantum Institute: Visitor Schedule

The Quantum Lunch is regularly held on Thursdays in the Theoretical Division Conference Room, TA-3, Building 123, Room 121.
For more information, contact Diego Dalvit.

Thursday, March 27, 2008
12:30 PM to 2 PM

Speaker: Daniel A. Steck, Oregon Center for Optics and Department of Physics

Technical Host: Salman Habib, T-8

TOPIC: Quantum Measurement and Control of Atomic Motion

I will describe recent experimental results, where we realize an asymmetric optical potential barrier for ultracold Rb 87 atoms using laser light tuned near the D2 optical transition. Such a one-way barrier, where atoms impinging on one side are transmitted but reflected from the other, is a realization of Maxwell's demon and has important implications for cooling atoms and molecules not amenable to standard laser-cooling techniques. In our experiment, atoms are confined to a far-detuned dipole trap consisting of a single focused Gaussian beam, which is divided near the focus by the barrier. The one-way barrier consists of two focused laser beams oriented almost normal to the dipole-trap axis. The first beam is tuned to present a state-dependent potential to the atoms. The second beam pumps the atoms irreversibly to the proper state on the reflecting side of the barrier, thus producing the asymmetry. We study experimentally the reflection and transmission dynamics of ultracold atoms in the presence of the one-way barrier. I will also describe our longer-term interests and efforts towards quantum measurement and control of the center-of-mass motion of atoms.

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