Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

Time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Presenter: William Daniel Phillips, 1997 Physics Nobel Prize Laureate
Davies Auditorium
15 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe, a public lecture - William Daniel Phillips

Join us for a very special public lecture by 1997 Physics Nobel Prize Laureate William Daniel Phillips. This will be a lively, multimedia presentation, including exciting experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today's hottest (and coolest) science.


Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

At the beginning of the 20th century Einstein changed the way we think about Time. Now, early in the 21st century, the measurement of Time is being revolutionized by the ability to cool a gas of atoms to temperatures millions of times lower than any naturally occurring temperature in the universe. Atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made, are one of the scientific and technological wonders of modern life. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science; they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations. Today, the best primary atomic clocks use ultracold atoms, achieve accuracies of about one second in 300 million years, and are getting better all the time, while a new generation of atomic clocks is leading us to re-define what we mean by time. Super-cold atoms, with temperatures that can be below a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, use, and allow tests of, some of Einstein's strangest predictions.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Davies Auditorium, Becton Center, 15 Prospect Street

Open to the Yale and New Haven Community - Recommended age: 8+

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