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Fourth Annual Andrew Carnegie Lecture with Professor Alain Aspect
Mon 27 March 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
We are delighted to announce the Professor Alain Aspect will be presenting the fourth annual Andrew Carnegie lecture entitled 'from the Einstein-Bohr debate to quantum information: a new quantum revolution'.
In 1935, with co-authors Podolsky and Rosen, Einstein discovered a weird quantum situation, in which particles in a pair are so strongly correlated that Schrödinger called them “entangled”. By analyzing that situation, Einstein concluded that the quantum formalism is incomplete. Niels Bohr immediately opposed that conclusion, and the debate lasted until the death of these two giants of physics.
In 1964, John Bell discovered that it is possible to settle the debate experimentally, by testing the now celebrated "Bell's inequalities", and to show directly that the revolutionary concept of entanglement is indeed a reality. A long series of experiments, started in 1972, have produced more and more precise results, in situations closer and closer to the ideal theoretical scheme.
After explaining the debate, and describing some experiments, Professor Aspect will show how this conceptual discussion has prompted the emergence of the new field of quantum information, at the heart of the second quantum revolution.
Date: Monday 27 March 2017
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow
Doors open: 5.30pm
Lecture starts: 6.00pm
Drinks reception: 7.15pm
Event concludes: 8.00pm
Please note that this lecture will be filmed.