Aaron Reinhard is an associate professor of physics at Kenyon.
Abstract: In this talk, I would like to introduce you to the coldest place in Gambier — a small sample of gas inside a vacuum chamber that is about a million times colder than room temperature. I will describe how one can use lasers to cool atoms to temperatures in the microKelvin to nanoKelvin range. I will also describe what happens when we use lasers to promote these ultracold atoms into highly-excited states, or Rydberg states. In particular, I will highlight work in progress by Kenyon students to quantify the interactions among ultracold, neutral Rydberg atoms.
Note: Lunch will be served from 11:50 am to 12:10 pm.
Friday, October 13 at 12:10pm to 1:00pm
Hayes Hall, 211/213
201 North College Road, Gambier, OH 43022