*Please note change of date for this lecture to 4 November 2014*
Quantum mechanics is commonly said to be a theory of microscopic things: molecules, atoms, subatomic particles. Nearly all physicists, though, think it applies to everything, no matter what the size. The reason its distinctive features tend to be hidden is not a simple matter of scale. Over the past several years experimentalists have seen quantum effects in a growing number of macroscopic systems.
The quintessential quantum effect, entanglement, can even occur in large systems as well as warm ones – including living organisms – even though molecular jiggling might be expected to disrupt entanglement. I plan to discuss my work on both the fundamental aspects of quantum physics and some potential applications to biology and technology.