Event Time: Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2019-01-17T16:00:00 2019-01-17T17:00:00 Ultrastrong coupling of a single artificial atom to the electromagnetic field Event Information: I will present our results on the observation of ultrastrong interactions between an artificial atom and a one-dimensional quantum electromagnetic field. In this new regime the atom-field interaction strength is comparable to or larger than the atomic frequency. We design a tunable coupling circuit between the atom, a flux qubit, and the electromagnetic field in a superconducting transmission line, which allows us to explore the transition from weak to ultrastrong coupling. The experiments rely on coherent measurements of scattering of microwaves by the atom. We observe a linewidth comparable to the atomic frequency, a clear signature of ultra-strong coupling. We also find that the atomic frequency is systematically smaller than the bare atomic frequency, in agreement with renormalization by the field.  In the second part of the talk I will discuss experiments in which we apply strong driving to the atom. We show that the driving amplitude can be used to change the threshold for the coherent to incoherent transition for atom dynamics, as observed spectroscopically and in agreement with theory. Finally, I will discuss prospects for the study of the atomic time dynamics in the ultra-strong coupling regime and its implications for investigations of open system physics, quantum optics, and relativistic quantum information. Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2019-01-24T16:00:00 2019-01-24T17:00:00 Symmetries in large scale structure, dark matter and black holes Event Information: We will discuss a few examples in cosmology and astrophysics where symmetries play an important role. First, we will show in what sense the dynamics of structure formation exhibits spontaneous symmetry breaking, and what it implies about the observed correlation functions. Second, we will explain the particle physics motivation for the idea that dark matter is an ultra-light pseudo-Goldstone boson, and explore its astrophysical implications. Lastly, if time permits, we will show how to construct an effective field theory of black hole perturbations based on symmetry considerations. Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2019-01-31T16:00:00 2019-01-31T16:00:00 TBD Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, January 31, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2019-01-31T16:00:00 2019-01-31T17:00:00 TBD Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2019-02-07T16:00:00 2019-02-07T17:00:00 TBD Event Location: Hennings 201
Event Time: Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Location:
Hennings 201
Add to Calendar 2019-02-14T16:00:00 2019-02-14T17:00:00 3-minute thesis talks Event Information: Please come and support our students as they give 3-minute presentations of their thesis projects, as part of the international "3MT" competition! Event Location: Hennings 201