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Prof Klaus Mølmer

Aarhus University, Denmark

Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 11:00:00 AM

Conference room Querzoli - LENS - via Nello Carrara 1 - Sesto Fiorentino (Florence)

Enrico Fermi Colloquium

Published on-line at 05:12:43 PM on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Quantum physics, the wild world of the atoms

This year marks the Centennial of Niels Bohr's foundation of modern atomic and molecular physics.

This year marks the Centennial of Niels Bohr's foundation of modern atomic and molecular physics.

With the introduction of quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger equation in 1926, physicists and chemists obtained a theoretical formalism which until today has provided a remarkably precise and successful description of microscopic phenomena. The same theory, however, makes predictions in so stark contrast with our natural intuition that even its leading proponents never agreed on its actual meaning.

After a brief reminder of Bohr's atomic physics and quantum mechanics, I shall present some of the riddles and paradoxes of the theory. Thought experiments, discussed at length by Bohr and Einstein, can now we carried out in the laboratory, and examples will be presented of how the weirdest quantum features may now find application in quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum precision sensing.

In succession to the talk, a computer game will be presented, where players on laptop computers can steer the motion of quantum particles and help find optimal solutions to different challenges within a real quantum computer architecture. A special selection of games and a closed high score forum will be established for the seminar, but feel free to visit and try the game at www.scienceathome.org.

For further informations, please contact Prof Diederik Wiersma.