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April 9, 2014 - The Symposium in honor of Daniel Kleppner, recipient of the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, will take place on April 23, 2014 from 2:00PM-4:50PM at Trabant Theater at Trabant Student Center, University of Delaware, 17 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19716Daniel Kleppner is Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics Emeritus at MIT and co-director of the NSF MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold AtomsThe citation for the medal reads, “The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics is awarded to Daniel Kleppner for many pioneering contributions to discoveries of novel quantum phenomena involving the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic fields and the behavior of atoms at ultra-low temperatures."

The Symposium entitled  Investigation of novel quantum phenomena with atoms and photons will feature talks accessible to non-physicists that will elucidate some of the most intriguing discoveries of the past 50 years concerning the quantum nature of matter and light. These discoveries were stimulated and advanced by the work of Daniel Kleppner and affected science and technology beyond atomic physics. His work on the hydrogen maser (microwave counterpart of laser) led to construction of atomic clocks that are in the heart of GPS navigation systems and of long-baseline interferometry in radio-astronomy. His research on the inhibited emission of radiation helped to create the field of cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED). His work on trapping and cooling techniques helped to launch ultra-low temperature investigations of phenomena such as Bose-Einstein condensation.

The lineup of speakers at the symposium:

  • Jun Ye (JILA, U. Colorado): “Making the best atomic clock"
  • Pierre Meystre (U. Arizona): “Atoms, resonators, and the cavity QED paradigm shift”
  • William D. Philips (NIST and U. Maryland): “An offer we couldn’t refuse: The continuing joys of Bose-Einstein condensates”
  • Daniel Kleppner (MIT): “Origins: Three scientific seeds that bore astonishing fruits”

The symposium is open and free to the public.