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Ultracold Atoms in Optical Lattices: Simulating Quantum Many-Body Systems

Maciej Lewenstein, Anna Sanpera and Verònica Ahufinger

Oxford University Press, 2012; $99.99 (hardcover).

The first part of the text is an extended introduction to ultracold atoms in optical lattices and condensed matter physics issues that can be mimicked with ultracold atom phenomena. The second section provides an overview of open problems in condensate matter physics that could be solved using ultracold atom simulations. Issues such as quantum information with lattice gases, detection of quantum systems with ultracold atoms, and many others are treated extensively in these chapters. The book ends with hundreds of references and a very good index. This will be useful reading for students and researchers working in areas such as solid state physics, quantum mechanics, quantum optics and ultracold atom physics.
 
Review by Daniela Dragoman, full professor on the faculty of physics at the University of Bucharest, Romania.

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