Cavity quantum electrodynamics (cavity QED) has proven to be exceedingly successful in illuminating matter-light interaction and in providing a platform to test ideas for quantum information processing. In this talk I will report on the strong coupling of a Bose-Einstein condensate to the quantized field of an ultrahigh-finesse optical cavity. The experiment brings us into a conceptually new regime of cavity QED where all atoms occupy a single mode of a matter-wave field and couple identically to the light, sharing a single excitation.
10 Minute Talk: Isotope Effects and Vibrational States of Trapped Molecules
Tilman Esslinger is full professor at the Physics Department of ETH Zurich and received his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. In his research he uses ultracold atoms to synthetically create and study key models of quantum many-body physics. He pioneered bosonic and fermionic Hubbard models, one dimensional quantum gases and atom lasers. Most recently, he and his team have been able to observe the Dicke quantum phase transition in a superfluid coupled to an optical cavity.