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SMACS to host seminar at UT Martin on 'Ultra-Cold Chemistry'


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Jason Alexander, assistant professor of physics at the University of Tennessee at Martin, will present a seminar on “Ultra-cold Chemistry: Chemical Reactions at a Millionth of a Degree Above Absolute Zero” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 317 of the Joe Johnson Engineering, Physical Science Building on campus.

The seminar is sponsored by the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS), and is open to public.

The seminar will discuss cold, and really, really cold Chemistry. Have you ever heard the words “absolute zero?” If so, did you wonder: Exactly how cold is that? Can we ever get there? If we can’t get there, how close can we get? How do we get things so extremely cold? Do we need a really cold refrigerator? Nope, we need lasers. “In this talk, I’ll discuss absolute zero, ways to cool atoms down near absolute zero using laser beams, that’s right, laser beams, and the really, really cold chemical reactions that happen once we get there,” Alexander said.

Alexander received his bachelor’s from Southeast Missouri State University, his master’s from the University of Oklahoma, and his Ph.D. from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cold Atom Optics Group at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Md.

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