Professor Kenneth Baldwin

Professor Kenneth Baldwin
Position
Deputy Director (Research)
Department
Laser Physics Centre
Qualifications
MSc, DIC PhD London, FAIP, FlnstP, FOSA, FAPS
Office phone
54702
Email
Office
Cockcroft 4 07

How does a quantum system reach equilibrium?

The idea of equilibration is ubiquitous throughout nature. Out-of-equilibrium dynamics – be it caused by a disturbance and subsequent “rethermalisation”, or by passing through a phase transition – is a difficult question to characterise. This project looks at both equilibration and phase transitions in a Bose-Einstein condensate of metastable helium atoms.

Dr Andrew Truscott, Professor Kenneth Baldwin

Fundamental tests of quantum mechanics with matter waves

We create the coldest stuff in the Universe – a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) – by laser-cooling helium atoms to within a millionth of a degree Kelvin. At these extremely low temperatures particles behave more like waves.  You will use the BEC to study fundamental quantum mechanics and for applications like atom interferometry.

Professor Kenneth Baldwin, Dr Andrew Truscott

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