Multi-Component Ultracold Quantum Gases: Themes from Condensed Matter Physics and Beyond

15 November 2012
16:00
Abstract
Ultracold atomic gases have recently proven to be enormously rich systems from the perspective of a condensed matter physicist. With the advent of optical lattices, such systems can now realise idealised model Hamiltonians used to investigate strongly correlated materials. Conversely, ultracold atomic gases can exhibit quantum phases and dynamics with no counterpart in the solid state due to their extra degrees of freedom and unique environments virtually free of dissipation. In this talk, I will discuss examples of such behaviour arising from spinor degrees of freedom on which my recent research has focused. Examples will include bosons with artificially induced spin-orbit coupling and the non-equilibrium dynamics of spinor condensates.
  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar