Rowan hosts presentation on "super" science topicFebruary 25, 2011
Dr. Ian Spielman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will speak at Rowan University as part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on Friday, March 4 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall in Rowan Hall.
What is the origin of complexity? This simple question underlies some of the most fundamental problems in science: how can simple chemical components organize themselves into living cells and organisms? What governs order on the astronomical scale?
Systems of ultra-cold atoms -- tenuous vapors of atoms cooled to just a billionth of a degree above absolute zero -- truly allow us to ask and answer the question "how does order appear from simplicity?"
In his talk, Spielman will answer such questions as: How do interacting particles first create and then destroy a superconductor? What can cold atoms tell us about the emerging technology of spintronics?
In May 2010, the Maryland Academy of Sciences named him “Maryland’s Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year.”
Spielman received his Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2004. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at NIST in the lab of William Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics. Spielmen is a full time physicist at NIST.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to encourage discourse in a variety of disciplines. Accomplished, external speakers come to Rowan to discuss the foremost areas of research and development in their fields. Spielmen’s talk is free and open to the public.