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Atomic Physics
Gordon Research Conference

From Ultracold to Strongly Interacting Quantum Systems

Dates

June 14-19, 2015

Location

Salve Regina University
Newport, RI

Organizers

Chair:
Vladan Vuletic

Vice Chair:
Marianna Safronova

Meeting Description

The Atomic Physics Gordon Conference has a long history of bringing together top researchers and future leaders in the fields of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, and of reporting exciting recent breakthroughs. The conference always features a great deal of lively and informal discussions between students, young speakers, and senior researchers. Equally important as the presentations are the discussions outside the lecture hall, where ideas are generated, collaborations form, and new connections are made.

The Atomic Physics Gordon Conference moves with the frontiers of atomic physics, relating this discipline to the other branches of the physical sciences whenever possible. Recent session themes include quantum degenerate gases, quantum information science, quantum optics, cold molecules, ultrafast spectroscopy, precision measurements, atomic and molecular collision processes, tests of fundamental symmetries in nature, connections to condensed-matter physics, and applications to biophysics.

While we expect that a number of senior scientists will attend the 2015 conference, we also anticipate that, as in previous years, it will attract a large number of younger participants. We especially encourage the participation of graduate students and postdocs, and we anticipate that some financial support for these researchers may be available. A highlight of the Atomic Physics conference has been a pair of lively and stimulating poster sessions, and we encourage participants to share their work in this way again next summer. The beautiful setting of Salve Regina University affords many opportunities for informal scientific conversations, as well as afternoon activities both on-campus and in the city of Newport, Rhode Island.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmFundamental Constants and Tests of Basic Laws
Discussion Leader: Wolfgang Ertmer (University of Hannover, Germany)
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:45 pm - 8:05 pmWolfgang Ertmer (University of Hannover, Germany)
"Quantum Test of the Equivalence Principle on Ground and in Space"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmGuglielmo Tino (University of Florence, LENS, INFN, Italy)
"Precision Tests of Gravitational Physics Using Cold Atom Interferometry"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmPeter Graham (Stanford University, USA)
"Gravitational Wave Detection with Cold Atoms"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCold Ions
Discussion Leader: Dietrich Leibfried (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amDietrich Leibfried (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Current Research with Cold Ions"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amHartmut Haeffner (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"A Michelson-Morley Test with Electrons"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amBrian Odom (Northwestern University, USA)
"Taming Molecular Ions"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmJose Crespo Lopez-Urrutia (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Germany)
"The Imperturbable Forbidden Optical Transitions in Highly Charged Ions"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmUltrafast Spectroscopy and Applications
Discussion Leader: Kenji Ohmori (Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmKenji Ohmori (Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan)
"Ultrafast Many-Body Electron Dynamics in a Strongly-Correlated Ultracold Rydberg Gas"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmMette Gaarde (Louisiana State University, USA)
"Collective Effects in Attosecond Transient Absorption"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmAnne Marie March (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
"Ultrafast Hard X-ray Spectroscopy for Tracking Molecular Dynamics"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPrecision Measurements
Discussion Leader: Jun Ye (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amWilliam Cairncross (JILA - University of Colorado, Boulder / National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Testing Time Reversal Symmetry Using Trapped Molecular Ions"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amHidetoshi Katori (RIKEN / University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Frequency Comparison of Optical Lattice Clocks and Its Applications"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amJun Ye (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
"High Accuracy Atomic Clock and Quantum Physics"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmMarkus Aspelmeyer (University of Vienna, Austria)
"(Quantum) Optomechanical Precision Tests of Gravity"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantum Gases
Discussion Leader: Wolfgang Ketterle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmWolfgang Ketterle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Atoms at Ultralow Temperature in Ultrahigh Synthetic Magnetic Fields"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmMonika Schleier-Smith (Stanford University, USA)
"Probing the Topology of Synthetic Graphene with a Bose-Einstein Condensate"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmJoseph Thywissen (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Spin Transport in a Unitary Fermi Gas"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmQuantum Simulation and Computation
Discussion Leader: Thad Walker (University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amThad Walker (University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA)
"Manipulation of Atomic Ensemble Qubits Using Rydberg Blockade"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amMarkus Greiner (Harvard University, USA)
"Measuring Entanglement Entropy in Synthetic Quantum Matter"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amBenjamin Lev (Stanford University, USA)
"Introducing the SQCRAMscope: A Scanning Quantum Cryogenic Atom Microscope for Imaging Transport in Exotic Materials"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmAlexey Gorshkov (Joint Quantum Institute, USA)
"Harnessing Quantum Systems with Long-Range Interactions"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBose and Fermi Gases
Discussion Leader: Martin Zwierlein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmMartin Zwierlein (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Strongly Interacting Fermi Gases of Atoms and Molecules"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmHanns-Christoph Naegerl (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
"Dynamics in One-Dimensional Chains of Bosons"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmChris Vale (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
"Measurements of the Equation of State of a 2D Attractive Fermi Gas"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCollective Dynamics
Discussion Leader: Deborah Jin (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:40 amDeborah Jin (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)
"Highly Filled Lattice of Polar Molecules"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amTrey Porto (Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland / National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"2D Superexchange-Mediated Magnetization Dynamics in an Optical Lattice"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amWonho Jhe (Seoul National University, South Korea)
"Nonequilibrium Phase Transition in a Periodically Modulated Atomic Trap"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmEugene Polzik (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Beyond Heisenberg Uncertainties with Quantum Oscillators"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantum Information and Networks
Discussion Leader: Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmMikhail Lukin (Harvard University, USA)
"Quantum Nodes Based on Atoms and Atom-Like Systems Coupled to Nanophotonic Devices"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmRonald Hanson (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
"Towards Long-Range Quantum Networks Based on Diamond Spin Registers"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmJelena Vuckovic (Stanford University, USA)
"Quantum Nanophotonics"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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