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April 28, 2017 – Metrology and time crystals

Grounds for Science

with Eric Copenhaver & Thomas Mittiga

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Scarlet City Espresso Bar

Metrology: a Fine Art

You might not know it, but you are probably insatiably curious about just how much a cesium atom weighs. In fact, that quantity is one of the most carefully measured numbers humanity has to offer. But it’s not good enough. I’ll admit that measuring something more and more precisely can look nauseatingly boring from the outside, as if Science is trying to learn something it already knows. I’ll show you why precision measurement actually sheds light on some of the universe’s biggest unsolved mysteries.

Laser Interferometry

Eric Copenhaver

Eric Copenhaver 

is just another kid from Akron. Raised in the heartland, he came to the Bay for its sunshine and Berkeley Physics. A fourth year PhD candidate studying with Holger Müller, the new techniques he works to develop for laser-cooled atom interferometry center on using lithium, the lightest atom ever used in these precision measurement devices. When not walking lasers, he enjoys hiking with his wife and concocting potential band names for all-physicist groups.

Solidified in History: Time Crystals Exist!

Lately, time crystals have been causing a lot of buzz as news outlets claim it breaks energy conservation and opens the doors to perpetual motion. In this talk, I will dispel the common misunderstandings of this exciting new phase of matter, explain what it is, and what it can do for us.

 

Time crystals!

 

Thomas Mittiga

Thomas Mittiga

Annealed in the great furnaces of New York, this specimen exhibits a peculiar luster and versatility matched by the eclectic physics at the cusp of Atomic and Condensed Matter. Thomas Mittiga currently works on the diamond nanomagnetometry experiment at Berkeley.

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