The 75 persons attending the 2003 Fundamental Physics workshop enjoyed presentations ranging from forces
acting on RNA, to properties of clouds of degenerate Fermi atoms, to techniques to probe for added
space-time dimensions, and to flight hardware for low temperature experiments, amongst others. The wide
range of subjects kept everyone scrambling to follow the rapid changes of reference frames.
|Randy Hulet, of Rice University, talked about Li-6 atoms cooled to Fermi degeneracy by sympathetic cooling with Li-7.
Wolfgang Ketterle of MIT, shown here in his lab, also described a degenerate Fermi system.
Mark Lee from NASA Headquarters described the new strategic plan that NASA has developed under
Administrator Sean O'Keefe's leadership. Mark explained how the Fundamental Physics community now needs
to align its research program and the Roadmap describing the long-term goals of that program with the NASA
Ulf Israelsson of JPL discussed how the rewrite of the roadmap will be implemented under the leadership
of the Fundamental Physics Discipline Working Group. Nick Bigelow, chair of the DWG, outlined how investigators can contribute to the writing of the roadmap.
|Rob Duncan, of the University of New Mexico, spoke of new technology for studying superfluid helium. He is PI of the DYNAMX flight experiment.
John Lipa, of Stanford University, described SUMO, a flight experiment to explore Gravitation and Relativity Physics.
One highlight of the workshop was the talk by Andrew Lange of Caltech at the Tuesday-evening banquet. Prof.
Lange described how nonuniformities in the Cosmic Microwave Background reflect development of the Universe
after the Big Bang and constrain theories of its evolution. Prof. Lange obligingly fielded questions for
nearly an hour after his presentation ended.
NOTE: The 2002 proceedings are now available on-line.
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