Steinhauer Jeff

Congratulations to Prof. Jeff Steinhauer for receiving The Henry Taub Prize for Academic Excellence. Jeff received this prize for his experimental work on the analog of Hawking radiation. Hawking radiation is supposedly emitted from a black hole, but it is much too weak to be detected experimentally. Instead, people look for physical systems analogous to a black hole which can emit similar radiation. Jeff developed an acoustic analog of a black hole using sound waves in a gas of cold atoms. These sound waves which Jeff detected are indeed very weak, having a temperature of nanokelvin. This discovery attests to Jeff’s talent as an experimental physicist.