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DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM | Single-, Few-, and Many-body Quantum Systems

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:00 AM
340 West Hall

As originally formulated in the early 20th century, quantum mechanics became the language for describing the microscopic world of single particles. A century later, quantum phenomena have become prevalent in systems from angstrom to millimeter in sizes, consisting of single, few, or countless many particles.

In this talk, I will review the effort in my lab to create and study experimental quantum systems including nano-sized scalable semiconductor quantum dots that contain single excitons and emit single photons, designable semiconductor microcavities that contain collective quantum states composed of a large number of degenerate half-matter, half-light quasi-particles, and few-dot and few-cavity coupled systems.