IAS Distinguished Lecture

Finding New Physical Principles and New State of Matter with Ultracold Atoms


This is an extraordinary time in the research of ultra-cold atoms. The developments in the last decade have led to a whole host of inventions of unparalleled capabilities to shape and to explore the atomic world. These led to the great optimism and hence an intense worldwide interests in using cold atoms to simulate some of the most fascinating quantum state of matter that are difficult to realize in solid state materials.

In this talk, the speaker will discuss some of the major activities in the field, the great challenges the researchers face, and the exciting prospect of uncovering new physical principles using cold atoms.

About the speaker

Prof. Jason Ho is a theoretical physicist in condensed matter physics. His research covers the field of quantum fluids, quasi-crystals, quantum Hall effects, and quantum gases. He received his undergraduate education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and graduate education at Cornell University. He joined the faculty of the Ohio State University in 1983 and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He is also Senior Visiting Fellow of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. He has served on many advisory and review committees of the funding agencies of the United States, Canada, and Australia. He was also a board member of Aspen Center for Physics for ten years. He is a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Fellow of American Physical Society, a Fellow of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Simons Fellow in 2012. In 2008, he was awarded the Lars Onsager Prize from the American Physical Society for his contributions and leadership in cold atom physics.


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