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Atomic Physics Seminars

ics Atomic
Monday, November 22, 1999
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Timothy Newman [Host: Olivier Pfister]
University of Virginia
"New phenomena from solvable models of quantum dynamics "
The rich behavior of the dynamics of quantum systems is still being uncovered, both through theoretical and experimental research. In this talk I will discuss some recent work on simple quantum dynamical models, where exact predictions are possible. Despite their simplicity, these models exhibit curious phenomena, including quantum revivals, quantum carpets, and "the sound of one hand clapping". I will also attempt to answer the contemporary question "why not just solve these models on the computer?"

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