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Engineering Rydberg Interactions in Atoms,
Molecules and Plasmas: A Collaborative Workshop*

* A partnership program with the Max-Planck Institut fur Physik Komplexer Systeme-Dresden (MPIPKS)

September 21-23 , 2009
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


  Monday, September 21, 2009 Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge MA
     
8:30
Morning Coffee and Pastry
   
Session I
Collective Rydberg Effects (I) Session Chair: Hossein Sadeghpour
9:00-9:35
  Quantum Simulation with Cold Rydberg Atoms
Hans Peter Buchler, University of Stuttgart, Institute for Theoretical Physics III
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9:35-10:10  

Coherent Effects and Spatial Correlations in the Excitation of Interacting Rydberg Atoms
Thomas Amthor, Physics Institute Heidelberg

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10:10-10:30
Break  
10:30-11:05

Rydberg Crystallization in Ultracold Gases
Thomas Pohl, Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
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11:05-11:45
  Quantum Manipulation of Ensembles
Thad Walker, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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11:45-1:45
Lunch

   
Session II
Few-body Effects and Rydberg Molecules Session Chair: Matthias Weidemuller
1:45-2:20
  Coherent Control of Strongly Interacting Ultracold Rydberg Atoms and Molecules
Tilman Pfau, Universitat Stuttgart
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2:20-2:55
  Recent Developments with Ultra-Long-Range Rydberg Molecules
Chris Greene, University of Colorado
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2:55-3:30   Towards Ultracold Rydberg Chemistry
Jan Michael Rost, MPI fur Physik komplexer Systeme
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3:30-4:00
Break  
4:00-4:35   Exotic Bound States in Cold Rydberg Gases
James Shaffer, University of Oklahoma
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4:35-5:10   Rydberg Macro-dimers: Exotic Ultra-long Range Molecules
Robin Cote; University of Connecticut
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5:10-5:45   Electrostatic Trapping of Translationally Cold Hydrogen Rydberg Molecules
S.D. Hogan, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH
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5:30-7:00
Reception in Perkin Lobby
   
  Tuesday, September 22, 2009   Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge MA
     
8:30
Morning Coffee and Pastry
   
Session III
Rydberg-Rydberg Interaction Session Chair: Chris Greene
9:00-9:35   Control of Dipole-Dipole Interactions in a Frozen Assembly of Rydberg Atoms
Pierre Pillet, Laboraroire Aime Cotton, CNRS
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9:35-10:10

Demonstration of a Rydberg Mediated CNOT Gate Between Two Neutral Atoms
Mark Saffman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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10:10-10:30 Break  
10:30-11:05   Non-linear Optics Using Rydberg Dark States
Charles Adams, Durham University
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11:05-11:40
  Probing Forbidden Transitions with Rydberg Excitation of Ultracold Atoms
Phillip L. Gould, University of Connecticut
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11:40-1:45
Lunch    
     
Session IV:
Ultracold Plasmas Session Chair:  Georg Raithel
1:45-2:20
 

Rydberg Atoms in Ultracold Plasmas
Steven Rolston, Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland

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2:20-2:55

Ultracold Plasmas Probed by Fluorescence
Francis Robicheaux, Auburn University
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2:55-3:30

The Landau-Spitzer Time in Strongly Coupled Ultracold Plasmas
Tom Killian, UVa
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3:30-4:00 Break    
4:00-4:35   Probing Dipole-dipole Interactions by Microwave Spectroscopy
Tom Gallagher, University of California, San Diego
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4:35-5:10   Antihydrogen Formation in a Pure Positron Plasma
Dan Dubin, University of California, San Diego
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5:10-5:45  
Antihydrogen Status Report
Gerald Gabrielse
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  Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge MA
   
8:30
Morning Coffee and Pastry
     
Session V: Rydberg Wave Packet Engineering  Session Chair: Peter Schmelcher  
8:45-9:20
  Atomic Engineering: Creation of Localized Very-high-n "Bohr-like" Wavepackets
F. Barry Dunning, Rice University

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9:20-9:55
  Pulsed-Field Control of Coherent Interactions Within and Between Rydberg Atoms
Robert Jones, University of Virginia
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Session VI:
Collective Rydberg Effects (II) Session Chair: Jan Michael Rost
9:55-10:30
  Rydberg Atoms in a Ponderomotive Optical Lattice
George Raithel, University of Michigan
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10:30-11:00 Break    
11:00-11:35

Rydberg Atoms in Optical Lattices
Oliver Morsch, CRN-INFM
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11:35-12:10
 

Strong Correlations in a Gas of Rydberg-dressed Atoms
Guido Pupillo, University of Innsbruck

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12:10-12:45
 

Collective Rydberg Excitations of an Atomic Gas Confined in a Ring Lattice
Rosario Gonzalez-Ferez, Universidad de Granada

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12:45-1:45
Lunch  
     
Session VII:
Rydberg Interactions with Fields and Surfaces Session Chair: Jim Babb
1:45-2:20
  Magnetic Trapping, Imaging and Dressing of Ultracold Rydberg Atoms
Peter Schmelcher, Universitat Heidelberg
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2:20-2:55   Probing Rydberg-Surface Interaction by Electromagnetically Induced Transparency
H.B. van Linden van den Heuvell, Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics
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2:55-3:30

Rydberg Interactions with Metallic, Semiconductor and Thin Film Surfaces
Tim Softley, Oxford University
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3:30   Workshop Adjourns