"Maxwell’s Demon: Cooling of Atoms and Efficient Isotope Separation" by Mark Raizen (U. Texas at Austin)

Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Series: 
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm

1-434 Physics and Astronomy (map)
Reception from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
(unless otherwise posted)

Guest Speaker: Mark G. Raizen (The University of Texas at Austin)

Talk Title:  “Maxwell’s Demon:  Cooling of Atoms and Efficient Isotope Separation”

Abstract:

We are developing new approaches to the control of atomic motion, realizing the historic thought experiment of Maxwell’s demon, proposed by James Clerk Maxwell in 1871.  This toolbox of new methods is an alternative to Laser Cooling, with much better predicted performance in terms of generality, and flux of ultra-cold atoms. These methods also enable efficient isotope separation which will be further developed in a non-profit entity, the Pointsman Foundation.  Applications include cancer therapy, medical imaging, basic science, and energy efficiency.

For more information, contact Karoly Holczer

 

Location: 
1-434 PAB