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Arfken Lecture: "Chaos, Quantum Mechanics and Cooling Atoms"


Daniel Steck, 
associate professor of physics at University of Oregon's Center for Optics
, presents the 12th annual Arfken Physics Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, "Chaos, Quantum Mechanics, and Cooling Atoms with Laser Light," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in 115 Shideler Hall.

The lecture provides an introduction to chaotic systems and their structure. Steck will then describe the view of chaos from the quantum perspective, and how recent research has elucidated the existence of chaos in quantum systems. Finally, Steck will explain his interests in studying these issues using atoms cooled by laser light.

Steck received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Dayton in 1995. The following fall he joined the research group of Mark Raizen, professor in the department of physics at The University of Texas at Austin to perform his experimental dissertation research on quantum nonlinear dynamics of atoms in optical lattices.

He was then a postdoctoral fellow from 2001-2004 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he performed theoretical research on quantum and cold-atom systems, particularly in the area of continuous quantum measurement and quantum feedback control.

The event is sponsored by the department of physics and is free and open to the public.


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