- Conference date: 16-21 July 2006
- Location: Innsbruck (Austria)
We review and speculate on two recent developments of quantum optics and ultracold atoms. First, we discuss a possible realization of “phonon” physics, or as we call it refracton physics with optical lattices. To this aim we combine the physics of cold atoms with cavity QED, and investigate superfluid — Mott insulator quantum phase transition in an optical lattice formed by a pumped optical cavity. The systems can exhibit cavity mode modifications due to local changes of refraction index (refractons). Second, we discuss the physics of strongly correlated particles in Abelain, and more interestingly in non‐Abelian magnetic fields, using cold atoms.
- Optical lattices
- Cavity quantum electrodynamics
- Magnetic fields
- Optical resonators
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