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From small atoms to large waves, come along and learn about two flourishing areas of physics: quantum technology and gravitational waves! Engage with our world class researchers and interactive demos to find out more. Note: Homemade pizzas will be available to purchase. Vegan and vegetarian options are available but there is no gluten free option.
Quantum Technology is just round the corner – how might it change our lives
250 years after the industrial revolution, Quantum Technology might be the next big change in industry and society. This talk will introduce the UK National Quantum Technology Program and focus on Quantum Sensors and their applications. It will discuss the potential of these devices to reduce roadworks, tackle dementia and enable ultra high speed communications.
Gravitational Waves: From Einstein to the Cosmic Gold
Dr Patricia Schmidt (Lecturer in Gravitational Wave Astronomy, University of Birmingham)
One-hundred years after the publication of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, one of its fundamental predictions was observed: gravitational waves. To detect these vibrations of spacetime, cataclysmic events such as collisions of black holes need to take place in the universe. Since 2015, nature has showered us with black hole collisions and one very special event: the encounter of 2 neutron stars. The combined observation of gravity and light has allowed us to take a first glimpse at matter at extreme densities and answer the long-standing question of where heavy elements are created.