Ultracold Atoms Out of Equilibrium

Author(s): Tim Langen, Remi Geiger, J. Schmiedmayer

Journal: Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics

Volume: 6

Page(s): 201-217

Year: 2015

DOI Number: 10.1146/annurev-conmatphys-031214-014548

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The relaxation of isolated quantum many-body systems is a major unsolved problem connecting statistical and quantum physics. Studying such relaxation processes remains a challenge despite considerable efforts. Experimentally, it requires the creation and manipulation of well-controlled and truly isolated quantum systems. In this context, ultracold neutral atoms provide unique opportunities to understand nonequilibrium phenomena because of the large set of available methods to isolate, manipulate, and probe these systems. Here, we give an overview of the rapid experimental progress that has been made in the field over the past few years and highlight some of the questions that may be explored in the future.

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