Physics Review: 25th Anniversary Celebration
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Physics Review: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Physics Review: 25th Anniversary Celebration

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University of York,

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Physics Review magazine has been supporting and enriching post-16  physics for 25 years.  Edited at the University of York and published by Philip Allan Updates/Hodder, articles in the magazine explore physics in situations ranging from everyday applications to frontier research and regular features provide guidance on maths, practical skills and tackling exam questions.  

Join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with an exciting FREE programme of activities for Year 12 and 13 students and their teachers.  

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2.00pm - 4.00pm   Experimental workshops (Optional) 

4.00pm - 4.30pm   Drinks Reception and exhibition

4.30pm - 6.00pm   Lecture: Quantum Communication Technologies (Prof. Tim Spiller)

Experimental workshops 

This session will give students the opportunity to complete hands-on experiments and to gain a greater insight into the practical nature of undergraduate level Physics: from calculating the speed of light to investigating the light curves produced by exoplanets; from measuring the width of a human hair using diffraction to imaging using ultrasound; from theoretical modelling to practical nuclear physics and more.  These workshops will be held in the undergraduate teaching laboratories and at the University observatory: Astrocampus.  

Whilst not directly curriculum linked, this session will include many of the skills required for the practical endorsement at A level and will be relevant to other post-16 physics courses (e.g. Pre-U and IB).  

Lecture: Quantum Communication Technologies (Prof. Tim Spiller)

The first issue of Physics Review contained an article looking ahead to the future of mobile phones.  Since then, there have been huge advances and we can expect even more changes in the future...

As computer components have become smaller and smaller, their processing speed has increased exponentially.  Components are now down to the nanoscale and this brings fresh challenges and opportunities.  New technologies must make use of quantum behaviour, which will allow not just faster and smaller computers, but a revolution in what they can achieve.  This talk will give a very general introduction to new quantum technologies, along with the quantum physics concepts that underpin these, before focusing on communications technologies whose security is underpinned by quantum physics.  Finally, Tim will give a brief overview of the EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub and the new technologies being developed. Led by the University of York, the Hub is part of a major new initiative, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

Tim Spiller is the Director of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications Technologies and the York Centre for Quantum Technologies.  Prior to this he was at the University of Leeds in the roles of Head of the Quantum Information Group and Director of Research for the School of Physics and Astronomy. Previous to 2009, Tim was Director of Quantum Information Processing (QIP) Research at HP Labs Bristol – an activity that he established in 1995 - and a Hewlett-Packard Distinguished Scientist. He has spent 30 years researching quantum theory, superconducting systems and quantum hardware and technologies. He led HP’s strategy on the commercialisation of QIP research, is an inventor on 25 patents linked to quantum technologies and applications, and was additionally a consultant inside HP on networking, communications and nanotechnology.

Please note that a maximum of 20 student places are available per school initially.  If you would like to book more places, please email physics-outreach@york.ac.uk.  Additional tickets will be allocated if availability allows.   


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