The Second Symposium on the Nature of Science
70-YEAR QUEST ENDS IN SUCCESS:Thomas Greytak
BOSE-EINSTEIN CONDENSATION, THE 2001 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS
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Bose-Einstein condensation is an adventure story, a quest spanning seventy years in time and eight orders of magnitude in temperature. I will explain what Bose-Einstein condensation is, discuss why we should care, and tell how it was finally achieved.
Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tom Greytak is a professor of physics at MIT and the Associate Department Head for Education. He is an experimental low temperature physicist who has worked on problems in superfluid helium-4 and superfluid helium-3. He and his long time collaborator, atomic physicist Daniel Kleppner, have pursued Bose-Einstein condensation in atomic hydrogen for longer than they would like to admit.
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