Quantum physics is the theory of small things. Its predictions, which are often counterintuitive, have been tested and successfully verified in countless experiments. Yet, there are many open questions and phenomena that are currently not understood. One reason is the mathematical complexity of quantum problems. Although the underlying mathematics is well understood, the number of equations that typically needs to be solved exhausts even the power of the most modern computers. A potential way out of this dilemma is indicated by so-called quantum simulators. These are quantum systems that are used to simulate other quantum systems. It seems paradoxical that this idea – which is due to Richard Feynman – could actually help. However, recently much research is conducted on quantum simulators and it turns out that there are indeed many different ways to actually build them. In this talk Professor Lesanovsky will give an overview on quantum simulators that rely on atoms cooled down to temperatures close to absolute zero.
Meetings start at 4:30pm and finish at approximately 5:45pm
All are welcome, admission is free.