MCQST Colloquium: Markus Oberthaler

12 July 2022
from 14:30 to 16:00

MCQST Colloquium | Markus Oberthaler - Professor at the University of Heidelberg

MCQST Colloquium

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MPI of Quantum Optics | Walther-Herbert Lecture hall

Hans-Kopferman-Straße 1



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The MCQST Colloquium Series features interdisciplinary talks given by visiting international speakers. The monthly colloquial covers topics spanning all MCQST research units and will be broadcasted live, being made available to audiences worldwide. The main goal of the series is to create the framework for idea exchange, to strengthen links with QST leading groups worldwide, as well as to act as an integral part of the local educational environment.

MCQST Colloquium: Markus Oberthaler

On July 12th, 2022, we are excited to invite you to the colloquium offered by Markus Oberthaler, Professor at the University of Heidelberg:

Quantum Technology: from Oceanography to Cosmology

The experimental platform of atoms manipulated by light is extremely versatile and can be used to address fundamental questions in very different fields of physics. In this colloquium I will give two explicit, but in nature maximally different, examples, how modern atomic physics experiment open new avenues for studying dynamics.

One fundamental question in oceanography is the dynamics of water, more specifically the time when deep water in the ocean was last in exchange with the atmosphere. This information is especially important for estimating the uptake of anthropogenic CO2. I will discuss why Argon 39 atoms are a perfect choice for addressing these questions and why it is such a challenge to unleash their potential [1].

A very different fundamental question is the dynamics of a quantum scalar field in time dependent spacetime. I will summarize our recent results on the implementation of a Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker metric for a scalar quantum field with control over spatial as well temporal curvature [2]. The quantitative agreement of the expected particle production in expanding spacetime with new analytical solutions confirms the performance of our simulator for quantum fields.

[1] Spurensuche in der Umwelt, M. Oberthaler and W. Aeschbach, Physik Journal, 11 (2021) 25-30.

[2] Quantum field simulator for dynamics in curved spacetime, C. Viermann et al. arXiv:2202.10399.

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