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We'll take you to the smallest things that make up the universe. Come along for talks about atoms and quantum computers and participation in the largest quiz ever!
A mathematician's perspective of roaming atoms
Dr Vladimir Krajnak (Research Associate)
Roaming atoms are atoms that break away from their molecules, but in an exciting balancing act stay nearby for some time without re-forming the bonds nor breaking completely free. Roaming is completely different from everything we would expect atoms to do... but didn't I introduce myself as a mathematician?
Big numbers in a small world: How to build a quantum computer using light?
Dr Euan Allen (EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow)
Quantum computers are a revolutionary new form of computing device that aims to tackle hard problems by using quantum physics. They will have an impact in many areas, from chemical simulations to cryptography. However, a useful practical machine has thus-far eluded researchers. In this talk we will discuss integrated optical quantum computing: a hardware platform which uses nanoscale chips to guide and control light. We’ll discuss the huge challenges of building such a machine, using scales smaller than a human hair and with individual photons of light.