Go to the U of M home page

2013 Misel Family Lecture - Nobel Laureate explains: Why is Warm Glass Stickier Than Cold Glass?

Date: 09/24/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Memorial Hall McNamara Alumni Center

Cost: Free and open to the public


The 2013 Misel Family Lecture will feature 2001 Physics Nobel Laureate Eric Cornell of the University of Colorado at Boulder who will present "Why is Warm Glass Stickier Than Cold Glass?"

What we think of as "empty" space is really filled with a fluctuating electric field. These tiny electric fields are spooky-seeming but entirely real. They give rise to the stickiness of a perfectly clean glass surface. In this public lecture, Cornell will talk about a set of experiments conducted on this so-called Casimir-Polder force. He will also explore connections to eschatology, the philosophical question of mankind’s destiny, as well.

Cornell is a pioneer and a leader in the field of cold atomic gases. In June of 1995, he and his former post-doctoral adviser Carl Wieman were the first to achieve Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC) in dilute clouds of Rubidium atoms cooled down to only a few microKelvin above absolute zero. By achieving this breakthrough Cornell and Wieman essentially revolutionized the experimental techniques of modern atomic physics.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.


  • Name: Meghan Murray
  • E-mail: murray@physics.umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-8367
  • Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering


Convenient parking is located at:

More information: http://www.physics.umn.edu/events/calendar/spa.all/thisweek/index/calendar.html?item=22361

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the event sponsor.

Save to Your Calendar

Google Calendar
Google Apps for the UofM
Yahoo Calendar