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Wed December 3, 2014

High-power frequency-converted fiber lasers for scientific applications

Investment in high-power fiber laser technology for industrial processing and military applications has enabled commercial lasers with hundreds of Watts of diffraction-limited output to come to market. These lasers are ideal pump sources for high-power (10s to 100s of Watts), widely tunable optical parametric oscillators which may be tuned from the visible to the mid-infrared...
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Wed September 24, 2014

Study: Online classes really do work (Pritchard)

Wolfgang Ketterle, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Physics, was awarded a prize for graduate education for his courses 8.421 (Atomic and Optical Physics) and 8.422 (Atomic and Optical Physics II).
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Mon September 1, 2014

Yichao Yu wins 2014 Joel Matthew Orloff Award for Research

The Joel Matthew Orloff Awards were established by Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Orloff in memory of their son Joel, a physics major, who died in an automobile accident shortly after graduation from MIT in 1978. One thousand dollars is awarded to each of several physics majors in the following three categories:
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Mon September 1, 2014

Colin Kennedy wins MIT Martin Deutsch Award

Colin Kennedy was awarded the MIT Martin Deutsch Award for the realization of synthetic gauge fields for neutral atoms.  This prize is awarded to an MIT graduate student in the mid-course of research for study in any area of physics, with preference given to experimental physics. The award was created in honor of Professor Martin...
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Wed January 1, 2014

Scattering Resonances and Bound States for Strongly Interacting Rydberg Polaritons

We provided a theoretical framework, which described slow-light polaritons interacting via atomic Rydberg states. We used a diagrammatic method to analytically derive the scattering properties of two polaritons. We identified new parameter regimes where polariton-polariton interactions were repulsive. Furthermore, in the regime of attractive interactions, we identified multiple two-polariton bound states, calculated their dispersion, and...
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Wed January 1, 2014

Interferometric Probes of Many-body Localization

We proposed a method for detecting many-body localization (MBL) in disordered spin systems. The method involved pulsed, coherent spin manipulations that probed the dephasing of a given spin due to its entanglement with a set of distant spins. It allowed one to distinguish the MBL phase from a non-interacting localized phase and a delocalized phase....
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Wed January 1, 2014

Many-body Dynamics of Dipolar Molecules in an Optical Lattice

Understanding the many-body dynamics of isolated quantum systems is one of the central challenges in modern physics. To this end, the direct experimental realization of strongly correlated quantum systems allows one to gain insights into the emergence of complex phenomena. Such insights enable the development of theoretical tools that broaden our understanding. In our study,...
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Wed January 1, 2014

Properties of the ground 3F2 state and the excited 3P0 state of atomic thorium in cold collisions with 3He

We measure inelastic collisional cross sections for collisions between thorium (Th) and helium. We determine for Th 3F2-He the ratio of the momentum-transfer to Zeeman relaxation cross sections for collisions to be g~500 at 800 mK. For Th 3P0-He collisions, we observe no measureable quenching of this metastable state, even after 106 collisions. This allowed...
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Wed January 1, 2014

Time-resolved magnetic sensing with electronic spins in diamond

One of the most promising applications of quantum information is in precision metrology. In the past year we focused on magnetic sensing with NV centers in diamond, in particular focusing on techniques to extend magnetic field sensing at the nano-scale to time-dependent reconstruction of magnetic fields and spectroscopy.
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