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Title: Multidisciplinary Applications Of State-Selected Atoms    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 10/10/2005
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Dr. Ronald L. Walsworth
Affiliation: Senior Lecturer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Contact Person: K. Lee   (510) 642-3034

State-selected atoms  provide powerful tools to attack a wide range of problems. Examples I will discuss include: atomic population inversion, which enables masers that can be used as high-stability clocks and for precision tests of Lorentz and CPT symmetry; spin polarization of noble gases, which enables high-sensitivity gas-phase NMR, with applications in biomedical imaging and materials science; (and if time permits) coherent superposition of atomic states, which can be crafted to enable "slow" and "stopped" light, with potential applications in quantum information processing and elsewhere.