Department of Physics, Stanford
Throughout history, we have sought to expand our
mastery of the material world. Our ability to manipulate matter has been
continuously refined, extending to constructions of colossal size and
extreme complexity. Progress in the opposite direction of diminishing
scale has proved increasingly vital to society. Well-known contemporary
examples include the micro-electronic and bio-technology industries. The
efforts within these fields rely predominantly on new tools that extend
control and measurements to progressively smaller length scales.
Instead of this "top-down" approach, what if we proceed from bottom up?
For the first time, we are poised to explore critical science starting
from the basic building blocks of matter - single atoms. So the question
now becomes: rather than work our way down from the macroscopic level,
what can we learn if we build up from that quantum realm? The answers, not
surprisingly, seem both varied and deep. This talk will survey
scientific discoveries engendered by the technology of atomic and
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