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Quantum Institute : 2012 Quantum Lunch Seminar Schedule


  • Coordinator
    Adolfo del Campo
  • 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.

The organizing committee includes Ryan O. Behunin (T-4 & CNLS), Malcolm Boshier (P-21), Adolfo del Campo (T-4 & CNLS), Michael Di Rosa (C-PCS), Ivar Martin (T-4), Changhyun Ryu (P-21), Rolando D. Somma (T-4), Christopher Ticknor (T-1), and Wojciech H. Zurek (T-4).

For more information, or to nominate a speaker, contact Adolfo del Campo.

To add your name to the Quantum Lunch email list, contact Ellie Vigil.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Speaker: Ryan Wilson (JILA)

Technical Host: Chris Ticknor

TOPIC: Manifestations of the Roton in Dipolar Bose Gases

Atomic Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) provide us with an ideal tool to study superfluidity, phase transitions and other rich phenomena in quantum degenerate systems, as their interactions are highly tunable and they are well-described by tractable theoretical models. Recently, there has been a great effort towards producing BECs of atoms and molecules that possess large magnetic or electric dipole moments, and thus have long-range, anisotropic interaction character. Such interactions lead to the emergence of a roton-maxon feature in the quasiparticle spectrum of the dipolar BEC, much like that found in liquid Helium-4. In this talk, I will discuss the fundamental role that the roton plays in the physics of dipolar Bose gases, attributing a variety of phenomena to its presence. The manifestations of the roton can be seen, for example, in structured ground and vortex states, superfluid dynamics, and the phase separation of binary mixtures of dipolar bosons.

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