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Controlling the quantum world : the science of atoms, molecules, and photons / Committee on AMO 2010, Board on Physics and Astronomy, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies.

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Language:
English.
Publication date:
2007
Imprint:
Washington, DC : National Academies Press, c2007.
Format:
  • Book
  • xiv, 229 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents:
  • Cover
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgment of Reviewers
  • Contents
  • Summary
  • 1 Controlling the Quantum World: AMO Science in the Coming Decade
  • What is the Nature of Physical Law?
  • What Happens at the Lowest Temperatures in the Universe?
  • What Happens at the Highest in Temperatures in the Universe?
  • Can We Control the Inner Workings of a Molecule?
  • How Will We Control and Exploit the Nanoworld?
  • What Lies Beyond Moore's Law?
  • AMO Science and National Policies: Conclusions and Recommendations,
  • 2 AMO Science and the Basic Laws of Nature
  • Spin Science
  • Energy Levels, Time, and Atomic Clocks
  • Measuring Distance and Motion Using Interferometers
  • AMO Physics in the Study of the Distant Universe
  • AMO Theory and Computation Connections to Astrophysics and Elementary Particle Physics
  • 3 Toward Absolute Zero
  • The Promise of Ultracold Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics in Dilute Atomic Systems
  • Molecules and Chemistry
  • Atom Optics
  • Reaching Out: Plasmas, Nuclear Physics, and More
  • The Synergy Between Experiment and Theory
  • 4 Extreme Light
  • Extreme X-Ray Laser Light
  • Tabletop Sources of X Rays
  • Extreme X-Ray Light Sources and the World's First X-Ray Laser Facility
  • Ultraintense Lasers: Using Light Sources to Harness Extreme States of Matter
  • 5 Exploring and Controlling the Inner Workings of a Molecule
  • Which Timescales Are Important?
  • Molecular Movies
  • Theoretical Computation of Ultrafast Molecular Physics
  • Quantum Control
  • Looking to the Future: Can We See an Electron's Motion?
  • Speeding Up the Pulse: Attosecond Science
  • Hard Photons and Fast Electrons
  • In Real Life, Timescales Overlap
  • Probing Time-Dependent Molecular Structure with Electrons
  • The Future
  • 6 Photonics and the Nanoworld
  • Opportunities in Size-Dependent Design
  • Visualizing the Nanoworld
  • Constructing the Nanoworld
  • Extending the Promise of the Nanoworld
  • 7 Quantum Information with Light and Atoms
  • The Quantum Information Revolution
  • What Is Information?
  • Quantum Infromation at the Frontiers of Science
  • Quantum Information Technology
  • Quantum Communication
  • Vision for Large-Scale Quantum Hardware
  • What Would We Want to Compute with a Quantum Processor?
  • Using a Quantum Processor to Predict the Behavior of Complex Quantum Systems
  • Looking Forward
  • 8 Realizing the Future
  • The Current Status of AMO Physics Program Support
  • Maintaining U.S. Leadership in a Critical Area of Science and Technology
  • Planning for Future U.S. Leadership in AMO Science
  • Program Conclusions on Support for AMO Science
  • Appendixes
  • A AMO 2010 Queries to Federal Funding Agencies
  • B Funding
  • C Foreign Activity in AMO Science
  • D Intellectual Outlines of Current Research
  • E People
  • F New Research Modalities
  • Last Page
Publisher's Summary:
As part of the Physics 2010 decadal survey project, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation requested that the National Research Council assess the opportunities, over roughly the next decade, in atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) science and technology. In particular, the National Research Council was asked to cover the state of AMO science, emphasizing recent accomplishments and identifying new and compelling scientific questions. "Controlling the Quantum World", discusses both the roles and challenges for AMO science in instrumentation; scientific research near absolute zero; development of extremely intense x-ray and laser sources; exploration and control of molecular processes; photonics at the nanoscale level; and development of quantum information technology. This book also offers an assessment of and recommendations about critical issues concerning maintaining U.S. leadership in AMO science and technology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Contributor:
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences 2010.
Series:
Physics 2010.
Subjects:
ISBN:
9780309102704
0309102707

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