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Atomic Physics
Gordon Research Conference

From Quantum Control to Tests of Fundamental Physics

Dates

June 11-16, 2017

Location

Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Marianna Safronova

Vice Chair:
Dietrich Leibfried

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 14, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

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. The 2017 conference session themes include quantum degenerate gases, quantum information science, quantum optics, cold molecules, few- and many-body physics, precision measurements, atomic clocks, tests of fundamental symmetries in nature, searches for dark matter with atomic systems, and connections to condensed-matter, particle, and gravitational physics.

While we expect that a number of senior scientists will attend the 2017 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.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Atomic Physics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

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 pmDark Matter Searches
Discussion Leader: Dmitry Budker (University of Mainz, Germany / University of California, Berkeley, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmDmitry Budker (University of Mainz, Germany / University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Searching for Ultralight Dark Matter with Atomic Spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmAndrei Derevianko (University of Nevada, Reno, USA)
"Laboratory Cosmology: Ultralight Dark Matter and Precision Measurements"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmDerek Jackson Kimball (California State University, East Bay, USA)
"Exotic Spin-Dependent Interactions: Gravitational Dipole Moments, Transient Signals, and Precessing Ferromagnetic Needles"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTests of Fundamental Physics
Discussion Leader: Jun Ye (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amJun Ye (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Mastering Quantum Coherence for Fundamental Physics – From Atomic Clock to Electron EDM"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:10 amJason Hogan (Stanford University, USA)
"Precision Atom Interferometry for Fundamental Physics"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:30 amHolger Mueller (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Testing Sub-Gravitational Forces on Atoms from a Miniature, In-Vacuum Source Mass"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:20 pmDavid Demille (Yale University, USA)
"Probing the Standard Model and Beyond with Measurements of Parity and Time-Reversal Violation"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Marianna Safronova (University of Delaware, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantum Information and Networks
Discussion Leader: Gerhard Rempe (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmGerhard Rempe (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany)
"Cavity QED: The Toolbox for Quantum Networks"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmTracy Northup (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
"Quantum Nodes Based on Trapped Ions in Cavities"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmPeter Zoller (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
"'Nano-Scale' Optical Potentials for Cold Atoms"
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: Piet Schmidt (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) / University of Hannover, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:30 amPiet Schmidt (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) / University of Hannover, Germany)
"Laser Spectroscopy of Atoms and Ions for Precision Measurements"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:10 amNils Huntemann (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany)
"171Yb+ Single-Ion Clocks for Tests of the Einstein Equivalence Principle"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:30 amAndrew Ludlow (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Optical Lattice Clocks and the Quantum Metrology of Time"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:20 pmThomas Udem (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany)
"Precision Spectroscopy of Atomic Hydrogen"
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: Brian DeMarco (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmBrian DeMarco (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Frontiers in Quantum Gas Research"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmGretchen Campbell (Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland / National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Studying Superfluidity with Ultracold Atom Circuits"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmFrancesca Ferlaino (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
"Dipolar Quantum Physics with Highly Magnetic Erbium Atoms"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmQuantum Control
Discussion Leader: Jeff Kimble (California Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amJeff Kimble (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Quantum Matter Built from Single Atoms and Photons"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:10 amAntoine Browaeys (Institut d'Optique Graduate School, CNRS, France)
"Experimental Many-Body Physics Using Arrays of Individual Rydberg Atoms"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:30 amCindy Regal (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Interfering and Entangling Single Neutral Atoms"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:20 pmVladan Vuletic (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Spin Squeezing in an Optical-Clock-Transition Atom"
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 pmFrom Few to Many-Body Physics
Discussion Leader: Ana Maria Rey (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmAlexander M. Cruickshank Lecture: Ana Maria Rey (JILA, University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Quantum Spin Dynamics, Coherences and Entanglement in Systems with Long-Range Interactions"
8:00 pm - 8:05 pmDiscussion
8:05 pm - 8:40 pmDoerte Blume (Washington State University, USA)
"From Two-Body to Few-Body to Many-Body Physics: Selected Cold Atom Examples"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmTilman Esslinger (Institute for Quantum Electronics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"A Biased Approach to Quantum Gases"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTrapped Ions and Their Applications
Discussion Leader: Christian Ospelkaus (University of Hannover, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:30 amChristian Ospelkaus (University of Hannover, Germany)
"Quantum Information Processing and New Ideas for Precision Spectroscopy with Trapped Ions"
9:30 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 10:10 amChristian Roos (Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria)
"Simulating Quantum Ising Models with Trapped Ion Strings"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amCoffee Break
10:50 am - 11:30 amEric Hudson (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Hybrid Traps, Molecular Ions, and Radioactive Qubits"
11:30 am - 11:40 amDiscussion
11:40 am - 12:20 pmTania Mehlstaubler (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany)
"Friction and Nonequilibrium Dynamics in Ion Coulomb Crystals"
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 pmCold Molecules
Discussion Leader: Tanya Zelevinsky (Columbia University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmTanya Zelevinsky (Columbia University, USA)
"New Developments in Cold and Ultracold Molecules"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:35 pmChin Wen Chou (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Preparation and Coherent Manipulation of Pure Quantum States of a Single Molecular Ion"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:20 pmMartin Zeppenfeld (Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany)
"Polyatomic Molecules at Cold and Ultracold Temperatures"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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