Seminars

Hamburg Photon Science Colloquium | New forms of matter: synthetic magnetic fields & supersolidity

by Wolfgang Ketterle (Department of Physics, MIT Cambridge, MA, USA)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from to (Europe/Berlin)
at DESY Hamburg ( CFEL, Bldg. 99 )
Description
The properties of ultracold atoms can be profoundly modified with the help of laser beams. They can modify the wavefunction of neutral atoms in such a way that they show behavior of charged particles, e.g. electrons in high magnetic fields. In this way, synthetic magnetic fields and spin-orbit coupling have been realized, and a supersolid phase has been observed. A supersolid is superfluid and breaks translational symmetry, i.e. it has shape.