November 18, 2013
Macroscopic quantum superposition..: Hays Hall 104, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Macroscopic quantum superposition states - ideality and reality Subheading: What are macroscopic quantum superposition states, do they exist, and if not, why not?
What are macroscopic quantum superposition states, do they exist, and if not, why not? These questions have fascinated quantum physicists and chemists since the days of Schrodinger and his cat. . The extreme superposition expressed by Schrödinger’s cat epitomizes such states and current experiments seek to realize “cat” states made from larger and larger numbers of particles in a variety of physical systems. Studying such states tell us a lot about the nature and power of quantum mechanics, e.g., for large scale quantum information processing. Yet what do we really mean by the “size” or “Schrödinger cattiness” of a quantum superposition in a strongly interacting quantum system composed of large numbers of elementary particles? I shall discuss our current understanding of such quantum mechanical superposition states, their significance for quantum mechanics as well as experimental advances in generating and manipulating them.
Birgitta Whaley is professor of chemistry, co-director of Berkeley’s Quantum Information and Computation Center, and a senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After obtaining her undergraduate degree at Oxford University (1978), she spent a year as a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University before going to the University of Chicago where she obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (1984). This was followed by two years postdoctoral work in Israel (Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities), after which she moved to Berkeley as Assistant Professor (1986). Her research is broadly focused on quantum information and quantum computation, control and simulation of complex quantum systems, and quantum effects in biological systems. Whaley is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and former chair of the Division of Chemical Physics. Her professional
Book Party for Dr. Adriel Trott: Center Hall Lounge, 4:15PM - 5:30PM
The Philosophy Department invites you to attend a Celebratory Book Party to honor Dr. Adriel Trott and her new book, "Aristotle on the Nature of Community."
Lecture by Peter Storey: Baxter Hall Lovell Lecture Room, 7:00PM
Lecture by Peter Storey, Capetown South Africa and Duke University. He will give a talk on “Making a World of Difference: The Call for Agents of Transformation."
Carmike Capri Cinema 8 Show Schedule: 205 Dry Branch Drive