Monday, 27 November 2017 back

Bose-Einstein condensation day: Pitaevskij visiting the GSSI

On the occasion of the "Bose Condensation Day" the GSSI will host a special lecture by Russian theoretical physicist Prof. Lev Petrovich Pitaevskii, winner of the Landau Gold Medal for his contributions to modern theoretical physics and the Landau Prize for plasma physics researches.

Lev Pitaevskii was educated at the Landau school in Moscow as a PhD student of Lev Landau. He made contributions to quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, low-temperature physics, plasma physics, and condensed matter physics. He worked on the theory of condensed matter physics, including the most celebrated paper on quantized vortices where he developed what is now called the Gross–Pitaevskii theory of Bose–Einstein condensates, one of the theories more systematically used to describe the physics of ultracold atomic gases nowadays. Another famous paper was written in collaboration with Igor E. Dzyaloshinsky and Evgeny Lifshitz on the van der Waals forces where the theory of the thermal and quantum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field was developed in a systematic way with important implications on modern applications to solid state physics and atomic physics. At the end of 1980s, Lev Pitaevskii started collaborating with the University of Trento through a series of long term visit invited from Prof. Sandro Stringari, italiana theoretical physicist who has contributed to the theory of nuclear physics, sum rule approach to the many-body problem, quantum liquids, and ultracold atom physics..  


The "Bose Condensation Day" programme at the Gran Sasso Science Institute schedules a lecture from Prof. Pitaevskii titled "Solitary waves in trapped ultracold gases" and an important talk from Prof. Sandro Stringari from Trento University titled "Superfluid gases near absolute zero temperature".