"Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe" is Topic of Free Physics Lecture at UB

Release Date: April 15, 2010

BUFFALO,N.Y. -- William D. Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics, who is renowned for the spectacular demonstrations that accompany his lectures, will deliver the 16th annual Moti Lal Rustgi Lecture at 5 p.m., April 23, in Room 225, Natural Sciences Complex on the UB North Campus. It is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, "Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the

Universe," Phillips will discuss atomic clocks, the most accurate time-keepers ever made, which use atoms cooled to incredibly low temperatures and which are at the heart of Global Positioning Systems.

High school students are encouraged to attend the free lecture, which will feature a multimedia presentation and experimental demonstrations.

A Distinguished University Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, Phillips shared the Nobel Prize with Steven Chu, who currently serves as U.S. Secretary of Energy. They were awarded the Nobel Prize for developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.

Phillips also leads the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and other national and international scientific societies.

The annual Rustgi lecture, presented by the UB Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, is held to honor Moti Lal Rustgi, professor of physics at UB from 1966-92.

For more information, call the Department of Physics at 645-2017 or email ubphysics.buffalo.edu.

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