27 September 2017

't Hooft colloquium by Nobel Prize winner Prof. Ketterle

Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle

The yearly  ‘t Hooft Lecture takes place on Wednesday 27 September 2017. Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle (MIT, Nobel Prize in Physics 2001) will give the lecture: New forms of matter near absolute zero temperature. Wolfgang Ketterle was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, together with Eric Allin Cornell and Carl Wieman, for the realization of the Bose-Einstein condensation and for their early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates.

Abstract of the lecture
Why do physicists freeze matter to extremely low temperatures?  Why is it worthwhile to cool to temperatures which are a billion times lower than that of interstellar space?  In this talk, I will discuss new forms of matter, which only exist at extremely low temperatures.  With the help of laser beams, gases of ultracold atoms can be transformed into solids and insulators, and recently into a supersolid which is gaseous, solid and liquid at the same time.

The lecture starts at 16h00 at Theatron, Educatorium. Before this event the Thesis awards of the Department of Physics will be handed out. The lecture is free of charge and reservation is not required. Everyone is cordially invited. There will be drinks after the lecture.