IAS Workshop

Frontiers of Cold Atom Research


The purpose of this mini-workshop is to introduce a number of forefront topics in cold atom research currently being actively pursued in many major laboratories. The topics to be discussed are

(i) Abelian and Non-abelian Synthetic Gauge Fields in Cold Atoms Systems.

(ii) Quantum Gases with Large Spins.

The speaker will begin with a talk on each of these topics, with ample time for questions and discussions. In these talks, the speaker will discuss the motivations for these investigations, the current status, and the future directions.

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 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 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, and a Fellow of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2008, he was awarded the Lars Onsager Prize of American Physical Society for his contributions and leadership in cold atom physics.

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