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The Cold Atom Laboratory Mission: The Coldest Spot in the Universe

  • The Von Karman Auditorium at JPL

    4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA (map)

    34.202808 -118.172928

  • The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2016

    The Cold Atom Laboratory Mission: The Coldest Spot in the Universe

    December 15 & 16

    The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) is a multi-user facility for the study of ultra-cold quantum gases. CAL is scheduled to launch in August of 2017 and then be installed by astronauts into the Destiny Module of the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument uses the techniques of laser, RF, and microwave evaporative cooling to create another state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC). Facilitated by the microgravity environment of the ISS, CAL will achieve temperatures of less than 100 picoKelvin, a billion times colder than the vacuum of space, making the ISS the home of the Coldest Spot in the known Universe. CAL will explore the nature of gravity, dark energy, giving scientists access to an unexplored quantum realm. To this end, our first team of flight investigators includes three Nobel Prize winners in Physics; Eric Cornell, Bill Philips, and Wolfgang Ketterle. CAL also serves as an in space technology demonstration mission for ultra-stable clocks, precision inertial sensors, and quantum computing. Cold Atom Laboratory

    Dr. Anita Sengupta, CAL Project Manager
    Dr. Robert Thompson, CAL Project Scientist

    Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7pm
    The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
    4800 Oak Grove Drive
    Pasadena, CA
    › Directions [see website]

    Friday, December 16, 2016, 7pm
    The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
    1570 East Colorado Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA
    › Directions [see website]

    Click here to watch the event live on Ustream [see website]


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  • JB The Curious Hippie S.

    Cool, then no need for extra work.

    1 · November 14

  • JB The Curious Hippie S.

    Hi Pam, can you please include the Zip code with the address? It helps Google Maps
    be more accurate 91109

    November 14

    • pam

      OK, I just checked and there is not even a 'field' for that info. I'll work on getting it for the body of the event.

      November 14

    • pam

      I just did a google maps search. It fills the zip code in for me. Is there a discrepancy in some addresses?

      1 · November 14

  • JB The Curious Hippie S.

    OK thank you for your efforts. Maybe HQ of MeetUp can be made aware of this. They've made a lot of changes. I used to be able to check-in from my phone. I do not see that option for me. The complete address repeated in the body should work, but it will create a little more work for you.

    November 14

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