UConn Physics Colloquium
Bose-Einstein Condensation from a Few-Body Physics Point of View
Professor Chris H.
Department of Physics and JILA
University of Colorado
While the modern day Bose-Einstein condensate is comprised of a large number of atoms, from a thousand to a million, the underlying physics is controlled by two-body and three-body interactions. For instance, the two-body scattering length determines the departure of the quantum gas from a noninteracting system, and moreover, the dominant loss processes are of a two-body or three-body nature. My colloquium will discuss some of the recent developments in BEC physics from this point of view, including spontaneous and stimulated three-body recombination, and oscillatory atom-molecule quantum beats in a condensate.
Friday, November 7, 2003
(Refreshments will be served immediately following the colloquium in the lobby outside the lecture hall)