Simons Foundation Lectures are free public colloquia related to basic science and mathematics. These high-level talks are intended for professors, students, postdocs and business professionals, but interested people from the metropolitan area are welcome as well.
The relentless pursuit of spectroscopy resolution has been a key driving force for many scientific and technological breakthroughs over the past century, including the invention of laser and the creation of ultracold matter. The new capability in control of coherent light has enabled us to create and probe novel quantum matter via manipulation of dilute atomic gases at ultralow temperatures, revolutionizing a new generation of atomic clocks that have accuracy at the 18th digit. Such advanced clocks have allowed us to probe the microscopic world of quantum many-body physics, and will be used to test fundamental laws of nature, search for new physics and in applications to a range of technology development.