The Inaugural Lecture of Professor Erika Andersson
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; Photonics and Quantum Sciences
You might think that quantum mechanics is irrelevant to our daily lives, that it only matters at the fuzzy scale of individual atoms, in elaborate experiments dreamt up by crazed scientists and performed in specialised labs. Nothing could be further from the truth! We are all using quantum mechanics in our daily lives.
Without quantum mechanics, we would not have computers, mobile phones, lasers, MRI scanners or GPS. We already live in a world of quantum technology – quantum mechanics is the foundation of the digital age. Now, about 100 years after the first formulations of quantum theory, we are developing the skills necessary to bring new, quantum-enabled technology out of the physics labs and into technology applications. This is known as the "second quantum revolution".
Nevertheless, quantum mechanics continues to be a source of fascinating, mind-bending paradoxes and philosophical puzzles. Professor Andersson’s inaugural lecture will offer you a glimpse of the Quantum Wonderland, and what we might be using new “quantum technology” for in the future.
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Cairn Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Centre, Edinburgh Campus, Heriot-Watt University
Refreshments 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Lecture 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Followed by a drinks reception
Advance booking is required, please register for a free ticket.
The Inaugural Lecture Series celebrates Heriot-Watt’s world-class research talent and is an opportunity for newly appointed Professors to share their knowledge with a wider community.