Public Talk with Nobel Laureate Dr. William Phillips: Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
- Tuesday, February 10, 2015
- 7:30 PM
- 150 COLUMBIA HALL
- 1215 EAST 13TH AVE
- UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
- Free Admission
Dr. Phillips won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. He is a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, and group leader of NIST’s Laser Cooling and Trapping Group. He will present a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.
Description: At the beginning of the 20th century, Einstein published three revolutionary ideas that changed forever how we view Nature. At the beginning of the 21st century, Einstein’s thinking is shaping one of the key scientific and technological wonders of contemporary life: atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science;they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Today, atomic clocks are still being improved, using Einstein’s ideas to cool the atoms to incredibly low temperatures. Atomic gases reach temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above Absolute Zero, without solidifying. Such atoms enable scientists to make clocks that are accurate to better than a second in 80 million years, as well as to test some of Einstein’s strangest predictions.
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