Proceedings of the International Conference "Quantum Optics IV" Jaszowiec, Poland, June 17-24, 1997. Volume 93, Number 1
POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES WARSAW INSTOF PHYSICS
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This volume contains lectures presented at the Quantum Optics IV meeting which took place at Jaszowiec Poland from June 17 to June 24,1997. The leading themes of the meeting were cold atoms, strong laser field-atom interactions and quantum chaos. It turned out that the first topic got most attention. It is worth noting that our meeting took place before the announcement of the Nobel Prize in physics for 1997. This Nobel Prize was awarded to C. Cohen-Tannoudji, W. Philips and S. Chu for their contribution to cooling and trapping of atoms. Of particular interest were lectures on the hot topic of ultracold atoms forming Bose-Einstein condensate. This effect is often considered as a part of condensed matter physics but it became accessible to experiments due to progress in laser cooling of dilute atomic gases. Thus we have witnessed yet another example of a new subject encompassed by quantum optics. Some earlier examples include classical and quantum chaos. Although not directly related to quantum optics they draw from experimental possibilities provided by modern laser techniques. Our third theme strong laser field-atom interactions is a more traditional subject of quantum optics. Some 140 physicists from 13 countries participated in the meeting. We had 25 invited lectures, of which 18 are included in this volume. In addition there were 120 posters presented at two poster sessions. The conference offered an overview of the most important issues of quantum optics in its broad sense.
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
- Quantum Theory and Relativity