The tremendous surge in activity in recent years to control mechanical oscillators at the quantum limit by coupling to electromagnetic modes of a cavity now spans the range from very small (atomic quantum gases) to very large (LIGO mirrors). The long-standing goal of ground state cooling of mechanical oscillators has now been achieved in several systems. The focus of the ITAMP workshop "Optomechanics and Macroscopic Cooling" held on Feb. 7-9, 2011, will be to address the question: where do we go from here? We anticipate lively discussions exploring the open challenges and opportunities at the interface of atomic, optical, quantum information, condensed-matter and gravitational physics. Organizers: Pierre Meystre- Arizona Nergis Mavalvala - MIT Dan Stamper-Kurn- UC-Berkeley
"Alex Dalgarno Celebratory Symposium", held September 10-12, 2008 at The Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alexander Dalgarno, Phillips Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and Senior Research Physicist at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, has made seminal contributions to our understanding of atomic and molecular structure and spectroscopy, and processes involving interactions of atoms and molecules with electrons, ions, and radiation.
Over a span of more than five decades he has applied his deep insight regarding physics on the atomic scale to the physics of astronomical environments, as well as the atmospheres of the earth and solar system planets.
Dalgarno has educated and worked with literally hundreds of students, postdoctoral fellows and scientific collaborators. He has played an important leadership role in the theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics community by creating the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, funded by the National Science Foundation.
This Symposium, in celebration of his 80th birthday, featured highlights of his on-going scientific legacy.