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The Bizarre World of Low Temperatures

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30 Jun 2014
Lancaster, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Lancaster University
Contact address
Dr Mark Rushforth
Gordon Manley Building,
Lancaster University
United Kingdom
+44 (0)7964 921 891

Ultralow-temperature physics is a Lancaster University speciality. We hold many world records and can reach temperatures down to a few millionths of a degree above absolute zero. Here, materials behave bizarrely. Fluids become friction-free and can run uphill. These are “superfluids”, which also mimic the structure of the Universe allowing us to investigate “tablet top” cosmology and the early Universe.

Professor George Pickett FRS will give a lecture with demonstrations, advanced hardware and computer animations illustrating this bizarre world and Lancaster's part in it. Professor Pickett will be joined by Professor David Lee from Texas, Lancaster's only Nobel Laureate honorary graduate, whose Nobel Prize citation referred to contributions by the Lancaster group.

This fascinating lecture will be followed by a tour of our facilities for ultralow temperature research and the 50-tonne machines in their energy-proof environments which we use to reach these very low temperatures.

18:15 - Wine reception

19:00 - Lecture

20:00 - Tour of Lancaster University ultralow temperature facilities