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Physics Colloquium: "Tests of gravity and quantum mechanics with atom interferometry"

Event Type
Other
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
141 Loomis Lab
Date
Dec 12, 2018   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Mark Kasevich, Stanford University
Cost
none
Contact
Suzanne Hallihan
E-Mail
shalliha@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-7151
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

Modern de Broglie wave interferometers separate atomic wavepackets by 0.5 m for times of 2 sec.   This lecture will discuss the science and technology implications of these results, and describe the techniques employed to realize these instruments.  Applications range from high resolution satellite geodesy to gravitational wave detection and test of quantum mechanics.

  References

  1. Asenbaum, P. et al. Phase Shift in an Atom Interferometer due to Spacetime Curvature across its Wave Function. Physical Review Letters 118, (2017).
  2. Kovachy, T. et al. Quantum superposition at the half-metre scale. Nature 528, 530–533 (2015).

Mark Kasevich is a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University.  He received his B.A. degree (1985) in Physics from Dartmouth College, a B.A. (1987) in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his Ph.D. (1992) in Applied Physics from Stanford University.  He co-founded AOSense, Inc. (2004) and serves as the company’s Consulting Chief Scientist.

 

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