THE 2016 HENRY R. AND GLADYS V. IRONS
LECTURE IN PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
JOINT QUANTUM INSTITUTE, NIST, U MARYLAND,
1997 NOBEL LAUREATE IN PHYSICS
"Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe"
At the beginning of the 20th century Einstein changed the way
we think about Time. Now, at the beginning of the 21st
century, the measurement of Time is being revolutionized by
the ability to cool a gas of atoms to temperatures billions of
times lower than anything else in the Universe. Atomic clocks,
the best timekeepers ever made, are one of the scientific and
technological wonders of modern life. Such super-accurate
clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science; they
are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which
guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations. Today,
the best primary atomic clocks use ultracold atoms, achieve
accuracies better than a second in 300 million years, and are
getting better all the time. Super-cold atoms, with
temperatures that can be below a billionth of a degree above
absolute zero, use, and allow tests of, some of Einstein's
This will be a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today's most exciting science.
Dr. Phillips received his Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1976, and since 1978 has been a physicist at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). He also is a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded jointly with Steven Chu and Claude Cohen-Tannoudji for "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".
Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus, Rutgers University
The Irons Lectures are free talks intended for the general public: high school students and teachers, college students and teachers, friends, neighbors, and anyone interested in science and science education.
The general public is cordially invited to this lecture, which will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University. Free parking is available in lots 53A, 53 and 64. Driving and parking directions are available at the Physics Department website at http://www.physics.rutgers.edu. For further information, contact Nancy DeHaan (firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 848-445-8973)
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