More than 30 years ago, Richard Feynman outlined his vision of a quantum
simulator for carrying out complex calculations on physical problems.
Today, his dream is a reality in laboratories around the world. This has
become possible by using complex experimental setups of thousands of
optical elements which allow atoms to be cooled to nanokelvin
temperatures, where they almost come to rest. The atoms can then be
trapped and manipulated in arrays of millions of microscopic light traps.
Such light crystals allow an unprecedented view into the microscopic
world of quantum materials and enable the currently most precise atomic
clocks, fundamental to next-generation timing and navigation. In this
public lecture, Professor Bloch will explain how such quantum simulators
are realized at the lowest temperatures known, and highlight their
applications, which range from condensed-matter physics and statistical
physics to "table-top" high-energy physics. Immanuel Bloch is scientific director at the Max Planck Institute of
Quantum Optics in Garching and holds a chair for experimental physics at
the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. His scientific work is
among the most frequently cited in the field of quantum physics and has
helped to open a new interdisciplinary research field at the interface of
atomic physics, quantum optics, quantum information science and solid
stata ephysics. For his research, he has received numerous
internationalawards, including the Körber European Science Prize and
the Harvey Prize of the Technion in Israel.
Introduction by Lars Bildsten
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