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Come and join us on the 22nd May as we explore all things quantum physics! We will find out what entanglement means and what it can do for us, learn about the power of elusive quantum computers and discover what quantum information is and what it can be used for. Don’t miss out on an unforgettable evening as we untangle the quantum world!
Relativistic Quantum Technologies
Ivette Fuentes (Professor)
Quantum mechanics and general relativity are the two pillars of modern physics; yet their theories conflict with one another. Our main limitation in understanding how quantum and relativistic effects co-exist is the lack of technology that operates at these scales. We are at a stage comparable to the study of atoms prior to the invention of microscopes, or astrophysics before telescopes. Fortunately, quantum technologies are now reaching relativistic regimes. In this talk I will describe new technologies that will allow us to look into physical regimes where new physics might arise.
Atoms, Photons, Laser Cooling
Thomas Fernholz (Associate Professor)
Since its invention in 1974, laser cooling and its applications have led to a number of Nobel prizes in Physics. Atoms and ions can be cooled to temperatures of almost absolute zero (−273.15 °C), where the wave nature of matter can become macroscopically visible in the form of interference patterns. Apart from challenging our understanding of nature, the wave-like properties, the slow speed of atoms, and quantum features like entanglement can be exploited for navigation sensors, ultra-precise clocks, and secure quantum communication. We will take a glimpse on some principles and applications.
Entanglement: From a Quantum Love Story to Disruptive Technologies
The quirky features of the quantum realm have puzzled scientists for a century. Microscopic particles can be in super positions of two states at once -- say heads and tails -- and share entanglement, a correlation that defies their separation in space and time, kinda like love. Efforts in unmasking and controlling these features triggered a technological overhaul rivaling last century’s industrial revolutions. I will show what entanglement can do for us and why Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants stepped up to the challenge of crafting uberpowerful yet still elusive quantum computers.