On The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 and its Context

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Date/Time:Monday, 03 Dec 2012 from 4:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Location:Physics 0005
Phone:515-294-5441
Channel:Colloquium
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Dr. Viatcheslav Dobrovitski (Ames Laboratory)

The Nobel Prize in Physics in 2012 was awarded for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems". This talk will offer an informal overview of the modern studies of isolated and open quantum systems, and its connections to other areas of physics and engineering (many-body physics, condensed matter, quantum optics). I will briefly discuss the ground-breaking experiments performed by the Nobel Prize winners, and how they extended our understanding of the most fundamental problems of non-equilibrium dynamics in quantum systems.