Monday 2 August 2010

What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? about Quantum Mechanics

Speaker: Professor Carlton M. Caves, The University of New Mexico

There is a world of consummate strangeness at our fingertips, provided our fingers are so exquisitely fine as to be able to feel and manipulate individual atoms and molecules. Ever since the realization that the behaviour of atoms and molecules is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics, it has been understood that the world of the very small is nothing like the familiar world of everyday experience. Yet only recently has it been fully appreciated just how different the world of quantum systems is—and how that difference might be exploited to do things that can’t be done in our mundane everyday world.  I will illustrate how weird the atomic-scale world really is and how we can take advantage of that weirdness using new technologies for manipulating atomic-scale systems.  You will have to pay close attention, but the reward will be a glimpse of the truly astonishing nature of the world we all inhabit.

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
  • Venue: Long Room, Customs House at Riverside
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Professor Caves will be available to answer any questions
  • Questions? Contact Andrew (
Carlton M. Caves is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico and Director ofthe UNM/Arizona Center for Quantum Information and Control.  He received a PhD in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1979.  He is the author of over 120 scientific papers on topics in gravitation theory, quantum optics, nonlinear dynamics, and quantum information science.  His present research is concentrated on quantum metrology and quantum information theory.  A Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is an enthusiastic and frequent visitor to Australia.


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