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Observation of Dirac Monopoles in a BoseEinstein Condensate
Observation of Dirac Monopoles in a BoseEinstein Condensate
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May 08, 2014 from 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm 
Speaker  Michael Ray PhD 
Speaker Information  Amherst College 
Where  1311 HN/1246 HN 
Contact Name  Janos Bergou 
Contact Email  jbergou@hunter.cuny.edu 
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Abstract: BoseEinstein condensates have proven to be extremely useful tools for studying a range of topics from condensed matter physics to particle physics. In this talk I will show how a BoseEinstein condensate can be used to study topological defects, focusing specifically on monopoles. I will first review the key concepts of monopoles, detailing the theoretical formulation first put forward by Dirac (the socalled Dirac monopole). I will then describe experiments carried out at Amherst College where we have observed Dirac monopoles in a synthetic magnetic field of a BoseEinstein condensate, thus confirming the work of Dirac from over 80 years ago.