Speaker: Leon Balents (Chair Professor, KITP Permanent Member, UCSB)
Weird but true: quantum mechanics tells us that reality is not what it seems. The glass is not necessarily empty or full, but can be both at the same time. Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum theory, imagined a cat that is simultaneously alive and dead. In practice, while such odd quantum states are common for microscopic particles, they are harder and harder to arrange for larger objects. But more recently, researchers have turned this question around to ask: what sorts of weird quantum states can be achieved? The answers are surprising. Quite strange quantum behavior is possible even in large assemblies of electrons and atoms, realizing new forms of matter. These ideas are influencing not only our understanding of matter, but also that of information and gravity. In my talk, I'll introduce you to this second quantum revolution and its implications for the future.
Prof. Leon Balents
Time: 16:00-17:30. Sep 27, 2017
Location: Room S201, UCAS Zhong-Guan-Cun Teaching Building, No. 3 Nan-Yi-Tiao Road