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Can beautiful ideas also be useful? – decoding the mysteries of quantum mechanics

Lectures
Date
14 Mar 2017
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
Tempest Anderson Hall
Speaker
Dr Jiannis Pachos
quantum

Event Information

Can beautiful ideas also be useful? – decoding the mysteries of quantum mechanics

by Dr Jiannis Pachos, Department of Physics, The University of York

A lecture for Science Week 2017

Quantum physics fascinates scientists and the public alike.  Sometimes it is like a lens through which reality is viewed more clearly.  At other times we are still at odds with its fundamental properties.  Nevertheless, scientists already successfully employ quantum physics for technological applications, ranging from X-rays, lasers and MRI that transformed modern medicine to semiconductors that revolutionized computers.  Recently, it has been proposed to use the full power of quantum mechanics in the form of a quantum computer.  Can scientists learn how to use something that defies common logic?  Or do we need to understand quantum mechanics in a deeper level before any actual revolution is made in quantum technologies?