The next in the popular series of BrisScience lectures will be on Monday 31 March. As the title, Schroedingerâ€™s machines indicates, it’s on the fascinating topic of quantum computing. More over page.
SCHROEDINGER’S MACHINES – Professor Gerard Milburn
Monday 31 March 2008
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
Free, no booking required
There will be refreshments following the talk, and Gerard will be available to answer any questions.
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Schroedingerâ€™s machines – Professor Gerard Milburn
The quantum world is strange: particles act like waves, waves act like particles and a single particle can be in two places at once. While all this stayed in the remote realm of atomic physics, there was little cause for concern. However recent progress in laser physics, nanotechnology and superconductivity is bringing the quantum world to your doorstep, or at least your internet port.
In this talk I will describe how quantum strangeness is being harnessed to develop new technologies, such as using the quantum nature of light to encrypt internet connections and using clouds of atoms, forced into a quantum wave-like state, to detect the motion of molten rocks from an orbiting satellite. Quantum mechanics may be strange but it is how the world works and increasingly it is being put to work in useful, real world technologies.
Gerard Milburn obtained a PhD in theoretical physics in 1982 and has since become a world expert in quantum information theory, currently working at the University of Queensland. He is a member of a number of international advisory committees including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. He has authored over 200 papers, and four books – including two non-technical books on quantum technology.
Date: Monday 31 March 2008
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED