with Eric Copenhaver and Thomas Mittiga
Friday, April 28, 2017
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.
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.
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 resides on the diamond nanomagnetometry experiment at Berkeley.