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Pushing the Frontiers of Atomic Physics - Proceedings of the XXI International Conference on Atomic Physics

Pushing the Frontiers of Atomic Physics - Proceedings of the XXI International Conference on Atomic Physics


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This unique book highlights the state of the art of the booming field of atomic physics in the early 21st century. It contains the majority of the invited papers from an ongoing series of conferences, held every two years, devoted to forefront research and fundamental studies in basic atomic physics, broadly defined. This conference, held at the University of Connecticut in July 2008, is part of a series of conferences, which began in 1968 and had its historical origins in the molecular beam conferences of the I. I. Rabi group. It provides an archival and up-to-date summary of current research on atoms and simple molecules as well as their interactions with each other and with external fields, including degenerate Bose and Fermi quantum gases and interactions involving ultrafast lasers, strong field control of X-ray processes, and nanoscale and mesoscopic quantum systems. The work of three recent Nobel Laureates in atomic physics is included, beginning with a lecture by Eric Cornell on “When Is a Quantum Gas a Quantum Liquid?”. There are also papers by Laureates Steven Chu and Roy Glauber. The volume also contains the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize lecture by Cheng Chin on “Exploring Universality of Few-Body Physics Based on Ultracold Atoms Near Feshbach Resonances”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789814271998
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/16/2009
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Organizing Committees vii

Invited Speakers ix

In Memoriam

Herbert Walther, scientist extraordinaire P. Meystre 1

Willis E. Lamb P. Berman 6

Nobel Laureate Session

When is a quantum gas a quantum liquid? E. A. Cornell 9

Cooperative emission of light quanta: a theory of coherent radiation damping R. J. Glauber 15

Coherent control of ultracold matter: fractional quantum Hall physics and large-area atom interferometry S. Chu 34

Precision Measurements

More accurate measurement of the electron magnetic moment and the fine structure constant G. Gabrielse 46

Determination of the fine structure constant with atom interferometry and Bloch oscillations F. Biraben 56

Precise measurements of s-wave scattering phase shifts with a juggling atomic clock K. Gibbe 67

Quantum control of spins and photons at nanoscales M. D. Lukin 78

Quantum Information and Quantum Optics

Atomic ensemble quantum memories A. Kuzmich 88

Quantum non-demolition photon counting and time-resolved reconstruction of non-classical field states in a cavity S. Haroche 98

Spin squeezing on an atomic-clock transition V. Vuletić 107

Quantum micro-mechanics with ultracold atoms D. Stamper-Kurn 117

Improved "position squared" readout using degenerate cavity modes J. G. E. Harris 131

Quantum Degenerate Systems

Tunable interactions in a Bose-Einstein condensate of Lithium: phooasociation and disorder-induced localization R. G. Hulet 150

A purely dipolar quantum gas T. Pfau 160

Bose-Einstein condensation of exciton-polaritons Y. Yamamoto 168

Anderson localization of matter waves P. Bouyer 178

Anderson localization of a non-interacting Bose-Einstein condensate M.Inquscio 190

Fermi gases with tunable interactions J. E. Thomas 201

Photoemission spectroscopy for ultracold atoms D. S. Jin 213

University in strongly interacting Fermil gases P. D. Drummond 220

Mapping the phase diagram of a two-component Fermi gas with strong interactions Y. Shin 230

Exploring universality of few-body physics based on ultracold atoms near Feshbach resonances C. Chin 240

Optical Lattices and Cold Molecules

Atom interferometry with a weakly interacting Bose-Einstein condensate G. Modugno 251

An optical plaquette: minimum expressions of topological matte B. Paredes 263

Strongly correlated bosons and ferminos in optical lattices I. Bloch 279

Laser cooling of molecules P. Pillet 292

A dissipative Tonks-Girardeau gas of molecules S. Düet;rr 307

Spectroscopy of ultracold KRb molecules W. C. Stwalley 315

Cold molecular ions: single molecule studies M. Drewsen 322

Ultrafast Phenomena

The frontiers of attosecond physics L. F. DiMauro 333

Strong-field control of X-ray processes L. Young 344

Author Index 355

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