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Going Quantum

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18:30 – 20:30 25 Oct 2010
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Room P/L002, Department of Physics, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

Speakers: Dr Irene D’Amico, Department of Physics, University of York

We are used to thinking that if a book cover is red, it was red even before we looked at it. Also we are convinced that if our friend looks at the books on his shelf, this will not affect the colour of the books on our shelf. Likewise we are sure that if our neighbour picks up flowers in his garden, this will not affect the colour of flowers growing in our own garden. But what happens when instead of books and flowers we look at much smaller objects? In this journey across the properties of the very small, we will see how our intuition about reality is baffled by the theory of quantum mechanics and by the experiments which prove it. We will discover that, all in all, this quantum weirdness can indeed be useful and it could even help us in our everyday life, from improving computer performances to making sure that future electronic bank transfers become 100% secure.
Refreshments from 18:00.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: Yorkshire Branch
Contact details: Charles Barton
Email: cjb18@york.ac.uk

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