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An atom is cooled by a standing-wave light field between two high-quality mirrors. Cavity cooling avoids the usual light scatter into the surroundings. Instead, the light leaking out of the mirrors is blue-shifted to a higher frequency (image credit: Pepijn Pinkse Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics)
Artist's impression of an atom cooling device
NECF Meetings & Workshops

The location of the workshop rotates among the member institutions for the Spring and Summer sessions. Our first meeting was in December 1999 and meetings have been held at Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, Clark University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of Connecticut, and the Universities of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston. The Fall meeting is held mid-September at Brandeis, and the Winter meeting mid-December at Harvard.

Workshops typically consist of four longer talks, each about 30 minutes long, but with 45 minutes allotted per speaker to allow for lots of discussion. In addition, everyone who attends is encouraged to give a five minute update (soundbite) of their current work. Equally important is ample time scheduled for coffee and lunch breaks for informal discussion.

19th NECF Workshop at UMass, June 18, 2004.



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