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Quantum Computers and Schrödinger's Cat

Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Straub Hall, Room 156
1451 Onyx Street, Eugene, OR 97403

What is quantum computing and what does it have to do with physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s famous quantum physics cat? In a free public lecture, Nobel-laureate physicist David Wineland will explore these topics and discuss how his research group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology became aware of their connection when carrying out experiments on individual atomic ions. Wineland’s work as the founder of NIST’s ion storage group and as a member of the physics faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder has led to advances in spectroscopy, atomic clocks and quantum information. He shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics with French physicist Serge Haroche “for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.” The lecture is sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, the Department of Physics, and the Center for Optical, Molecular and Quantum Science. 

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