Quantum Physics and Technologies Public Lecture by Prof. Klaus Mølmer
Details of the event Many fundamental theories of physics have later resulted in important technological revolutions e.g. engines and refrigerators from thermodynamics or modern electronics from electromagnetism. The seemingly exotic rules of quantum mechanics are providing remarkable new opportunities in this respect; recent decades have witnessed tremendous experimental progress in preparing systems which are so small and isolated that they can only be accurately described using quantum mechanics. Once questioned as the evidence of a potential fundamental flaw in the theory, quantum superposition and entanglement are now established physical phenomena and, remarkably, are ushering in a new wave of devices which utilise these distinctly quantum mechanical effects as resources. It is clear that the science underlying quantum enhanced devices is sufficiently mature that it is now making the transition from academic enterprise to commercialisation.
No prior physics knowledge is needed, Prof. Klaus Mølmer will take you on a journey from fundamental physics right through the exciting new possibilities of the coming (second) quantum revolution!
About the speaker Klaus has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning almost 30 years. His PhD was conferred by Aarhus University and included an extended stay at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris under the supervision of Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and Jean Dalibard. This was followed by a research position at Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching before returning to Aarhus University, Denmark as a faculty member in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.
A prolific scientist, he has published more than 300 articles and serves on several editorial and advisory boards for national and international journals and funding bodies. He is a member Royal Danish Academy of Sciences & Letters and Fellow of the American Physical Society. Klaus has made seminal contributions in a wide variety of fields including: proposing a universal set of gates for quantum computation that can be realised using trapped ions, developing efficient tools for studying complex quantum dynamics, and devising hybrid quantum technologies involving storage of light or microwave photons in large atom or spin ensembles.
He is a skilled speaker having delivered more than a hundred public lectures aimed at introducing the fascinating world of quantum physics and technology to non-experts. We look forward to everyone virtually joining!
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