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Colloquia
Colloquium
Friday, November 14, 2003
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.

Peter Arnold
[Host: E. Kolomeisky]
UVA
"The BEC transition temperature of dilute gases: a notsosimple problem in statistical mechanics"

ABSTRACT:
The phase transition temperature for BoseEinstein condensation of a
threedimensional ideal gas of bosons at fixed density is something that every
physicist learns to calculate in graduate school, if not before. Amusingly,
the first correction to that result, from arbitrarily weak interactions, is
sufficiently challenging that only now is there beginning to appear some
theoretical agreement on its magnitude, roughly 80 years after Einstein
computed the ideal gas result. 



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