"Searching for the dark universe with matter wave interferometry" by Paul Hamilton (UCLA)

Date: 
Thursday, October 1, 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: Paul Hamilton (UCLA)

Talk Title:  “Searching for the dark universe with matter wave interferometry”

Abstract:

The interference of matter waves is often presented in textbooks as a historical demonstration cementing wave-particle duality. Far from being just a quirk of quantum mechanics, modern matter wave interferometry is a precise toolbox for atomic physicists with possible applications ranging from GPS-free navigation to detection of gravitational waves. I will discuss a new direction for the field, using atom interferometry to probe the properties of dark matter and dark energy, and focus on our recent result which used interference of laser-cooled atoms to place the first constraints on certain forms of dark energy.

For more information, contact Jay Hauser

We thank the following people for their contributions to the wine fund for the post-colloquium reception:
Prof. Dolores Bozovic, Prof. Mike Cornwall, Prof. Bob Cousins, Prof. Andrea Ghez, Prof. Karoly Holczer, Prof. Eric Hudson, Robert Huff, Prof. Alex Kusenko, Prof. Myank Mehta, Prof. John Miao, Prof. Roberto Peccei, Prof. Claudio Pellegrini, Prof. David Saltzberg, Prof. Jean Turner and Prof. Ben Zuckerman.

Location: 
1-434 PAB