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Physics Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell presents Benson Memorial Lecture

03/04/2013

Nobel Prize winner Eric Cornell will give the Benson Memorial Lecture in Physics March 6
Nobel Prize winner Eric Cornell will give the Benson Memorial Lecture in Physics March 6
Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel Prize winner in physics and senior scientist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will present "How Symmetric is the Electron?" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in room 100 of the art building.

His talk is the annual George C. Benson Memorial Lecture in Physics. Prior to his talk, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) will host "Exploring Physics with SPS" with demonstrations 5:45-6:45 p.m. in 210 Culler Hall.

Cornell is a Fellow of JILA (formerly the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics) and Professor Adjoint, department of physics, University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 1995 he and Carl Wieman synthesized the first Bose–Einstein condensate - the coldest matter ever known. For their efforts, Cornell, Wieman and Wolfgang Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001.

Cornell is recipient of numerous other awards, including the Carl Zeiss Award in 1996, the Fritz London Prize in 1996, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1996, the 1997 King Faisal International Prize for Science and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics in 1999, among many others.

Velocity-distribution data for a gas of rubidium atoms, confirming the discovery of a new phase of matter, the Bose–Einstein condensate. Left: just before the appearance of a Bose–Einstein condensate. Center: just after the appearance of the condensate. Right: after further evaporation, leaving a sample of nearly pure condensate. (image courtesy Eric Cornell)
Velocity-distribution data for a gas of rubidium atoms, confirming the discovery of a new phase of matter, the Bose–Einstein condensate. Left: just before the appearance of a Bose–Einstein condensate. Center: just after the appearance of the condensate. Right: after further evaporation, leaving a sample of nearly pure condensate. (image courtesy Eric Cornell)
In 2000, he was elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2012 he was awarded the Ioannes Marcus Marci Medal for Molecular Spectroscopy.

In his presentation on "How symmetric is the electron? Looking for out-of-roundness of 10^{-15} femtometers," Cornell will discuss how the electron's electric dipole moment (eEDM) is sensitive to particle physics beyond the standard model.

His research group makes use of the extreme electric fields found within a molecular bond to pursue an experiment to set a new limit on eEDM at a level that should severely constrain supersymmetric models.

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