Studying superfluidity in cold-atom circuits

Date: 
January 22, 2015 - 4:00pm to January 23, 2015 - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Steve Eckel
Speaker's Institution: 
Joint Quantum Institute NIST/UMD
Thursday, January 22 - 4:00
Collouqium
Friday, January 23 - 10:00
Research Talk

Moving the Frequency Comb Out of the Metrology Lab

Date: 
February 23, 2015 - 4:00pm to February 24, 2015 - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Laura Sinclair

Colloquium

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
4:00pm
100 Willamette
 

Research Talk

Tuesday, February 24th, 2014
4:00pm

SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION - Quantum control of atoms, ions, and nuclei

Date: 
January 16, 2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Christian Schneider
Cold atoms and ions provide an interesting playground for a
variety of measurements of fundamental physics.  Using RF traps, experiments
become possible with both large ensembles of ions, e.g. in cold chemistry, and
few/single ions, such as in quantum computations/simulations or optical clocks,
where ultimate quantum control is required.  In the first part of the talk,
recent results from our work on cold chemistry and cold molecular ions using a

Exciton-Polaritons and Localized Surface Plasmons: Light-Matter Interactions at Different Scales

Date: 
January 29, 2015 - 4:00pm to January 30, 2015 - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Esther Wertz
Speaker's Institution: 
University of Michigan

Colloquium

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

TBD

Date: 
February 9, 2015 (All day)
Speaker: 
Bill Phillips

TBD

Marcus Elected APS Fellow

OCO Faculty Member Andrew Marcus has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

The APS is a non-profit organiztion working to "advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities."  The APS was founded in 1899 and has a membership of 50,000.

APS fellows are members deemed to have made "exceptional contributions" to the discipline of physics.  Fellows are nominated by peers and elected by a comittee.  

The right place at the right time: uncovering the mechanisms that lead to spatiotemporal structure and organization in the bacterial cell.

Date: 
February 2, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Nathan Kuwada
Speaker's Institution: 
Department of Physics and Department of Bioengineering University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Spatial control is essential to the biological function of the cell. From gene expression to cell division, the cell must precisely localize sub-cellular machinery to well-defined locations at specific times during the cell cycle using only a molecular toolkit. Even the tiny bacterial cell displays a high level of spatiotemporal control without the use of membrane-bound organelles or cytoskeletal motor proteins.

Delayed New Date TBD - Ultrafast transient absorption revisited: Watching molecular vibrations in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes

Date: 
December 1, 2014 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Jeffrey Cina
Speaker's Institution: 
University of Oregon

Molecular vibrations, along with the motion of protein- or solvent-host atoms, are known to exert important influence over the time-course of electronic excitation transfer in both model complexes and photosynthetic light-harvesting antennas.

Marcus Receives Faculty Excellence Award

Professor Andrew Marcus of the Oregon Center for Optics and Department of Chemistry has been selected to recieve a Fund for Faculty Excllence Award for 2014-2015.

Shared vibrations: How photosynthetic light harvesting approaches 100% efficiency

Date: 
November 17, 2014 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Speaker: 
David Jonas
Speaker's Institution: 
University of Colorado

In photosynthesis, light is harvested by antenna proteins that can transfer the electronic excitation energy to a reaction center with near unit quantum efficiency.  The remarkable efficiency of these energy transfer processes has been a mystery for over 50 years, and recent two-dimensional (2D) spectroscopy experiments have found signatures attributed to electronic coherence; it is puzzling that these signatures persist for

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