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Monday, April 01, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)


Controlling Matter with Maxwell's Demon

Mark G. Raizen
University of Texas at Austin

The historic thought experiment of Maxwell's demon has provoked much debate and controversy since it was first suggested by James Clerk Maxwell in 1871. In this talk I will show that this thought experiment is now realized in the laboratory, and that it holds the key to controlling matter in the most general sense. In particular I will describe an attractive alternative to laser cooling for atoms in gas phase, a new approach to building materials on the nanoscale, and an efficient method for isotope separation.

Host: Adolfo del Campo