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Superfluid to Mott Insulator Quantum Phase Transition in a Permanent Magnetic Lattice

Saeed Ghanbari

Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy,
Swinburne University of Technology

3:30 pm Friday, 22 February 2008, EN101 (Ground Floor, EN Building), Hawthorn.

The study of ultracold atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates in periodic lattice structures is currently one of the frontier topics in atomic and condensed matter physics. This talk describes a study of the dynamics of quantum phase transitions, such as the famous superfluid to Mott insulator transition, for ultracold atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates in a novel type of magnetic lattice using quantum phase space theoretical methods. The work could have applications for future quantum computers.

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