University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Condensed Matter Seminar

Thursday, February 26th 2009
1:25 pm:
Condensed Matter Seminar in 210 Physics
Speaker: Smitha Vishveshwara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject: Physics of coexistent superfluid-Mott insulator systems

A variety of condensed matter and cold atomic systems involving bosons on lattices exhibit the fascinating phenomenon of coexistent quantum states of matter. The presence of inhomogeneities in these systems can cause some regions to display superfluidity and others to display insulating behavior. This talk will discuss the basic physics underlying such coexistence, means of probing superfluid regions trapped between insulating regions, the collective properties of these trapped regions and the possibility of Josephson physics in these systems.

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