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Nobel Prize Winner Speaking at AU

Dr. William D. Phillips

Dr. William D. Phillips

On March 18 at noon, join Dr. William D. Phillips, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, as he speaks at the AU Physics Department colloquium. Phillips will discuss Quantum Information: a Scientific and Technological Revolution for the 21st Century.




Event Details

Day: Wednesday, March 18

Time: Noon to 1pm (A reception in the lobby at 11:30am precedes the talk. All are welcome.)

Place: The Forman Theatre on the second floor of the McKinley Building. 

The event is free, and all students are welcome.


Colloquium Information

Two of the great scientific and technical revolutions of the 20th century were the discovery of the quantum nature of the submicroscopic world, and the advent of information science and engineering. Both of these have had a profound effect not only on our daily lives, but on our world view.  

Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, we see a marriage of quantum mechanics and information science in a new revolution: quantum information.  

Quantum computation and quantum communication are two aspects of this revolution. The first is highly speculative: a new paradigm more different from today’s digital computers than those computers are from the ancient abacus. The second is already a reality, providing information transmission whose security is guaranteed by the laws of physics. The JQI/NIST Laser Cooling and Trapping Group is studying the use of single, ultracold atoms as quantum bits, or qubits, for quantum information processing.


About Dr. Phillips

Phillips is a NIST fellow and distinguished professor at the Joint Quantum Institute of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the University of Maryland. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for research on using laser light to cool, trap, and control atoms. His discoveries contributed to the creation, a few years later, of Bose-Einstein condensates, a new form of quantum matter predicted over a 100 years ago by Albert Einstein. More recently Phillips’s research includes efforts to use ultracold atoms to create a revolutionary new technology called a quantum computer.


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