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Schrödinger Lecture Series 2007

Professor Hannes-Jörg Schmiedmayer (TU Vienna, Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities) takes part in a public lecture series and gives a talk on "Atom Chips: Integrated circuits for matter waves" at three Universities in Irland.

Prof. Schmiedmayer

Prof. Schmiedmayer

Atom Chips aim at the miniaturization and integration of quantum optics and atomic physics on to a single chip, analogous to electronic circuits.  It combines the best of both worlds: The perfected manipulation techniques from atomic physics with the capability of nanofabrication. Atom Chips promise to allow coherent manipulation of matter waves on the quantum level by using high spatial resolution electro magnetic potentials from structures on the atom chip or by employing adiabatic radio frequency (RF) or micro wave (MW) potentials.
The talk will give an overview of the recent advances in the concepts, fabrication and experimental realization of Atom Chips by illustrating the many different tasks that can be performed using ultra cold or Bose-Einstein condensed (BECs) atoms manipulated on the chip. These range from measuring magnetic and electric fields with unprecedented sensitivity by observing the density modulations in trapped highly elongated 1d BECs, to fundamental studies of the universal properties in low dimensional systems like non equilibrium dynamics and coherence decay in one dimensional super fluids. The talk will give an overview of the recent advances and experiments.

Monday, 3 December 2007, 4 pm, University College Cork, Kane Building, Room G7
Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 4 pm, University of Limerick
Wednesday, 5 December 2007, 8 pm, Trinity College Dublin, Schrödinger Lecture Theater

For further information on the Schrödinger Lecture 2007 please visit the website at TCD (, opens an external URL in a new window