Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Recent Progress in Quantum Many-Body Photonics

Speaker: 
Philipp Strack, Harvard University
Location: 
Engineering Quadrangle B205
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

<strong>Abstract:</strong> Fluctuations of photons play a crucial role in many-body cavity QED, that is, an optical resonator filled with a coherently driven atomic medium. We discuss the physics of the cavity photon strongly coupled to ensembles of bosonic atoms, effective spins, and fermionic atoms. We show that a variety of new optical phenomena and many-body phases appear due to quantum degeneracy and interaction effects of the medium. We argue that these, and a second more intriguing wave of predictions, will be in reach experimentally soon.
<strong>Biography:</strong>
2005: M. Sc. with Adam Burrows in Arizona and Heidelberg on many-body effects in oscillating neutrinos in supernova.
 2009: PhD with Walter Metzner at the MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart on criticality in strongly correlated electrons.
 Since 2011: Postdoc with Subir Sachdev and Mikhail Lukin at Harvard.