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Conversations on the Quantum World

You're invited to this special online series for the Caltech community and the public.

Quantum science emerged from studies of the smallest objects in nature. Today, it promises to deepen our understanding of the universe and deliver groundbreaking technology, from quantum computers to ultra-precise measuring devices to next-generation materials, with Caltech defining the discipline. In Conversations on the Quantum World, you will hear directly from Caltech experts about the next quantum revolution and have the opportunity to ask your own questions.


Past Webinars

Why Space Isn't What You Think It Is
JULY 12, 2022, 11 a.m. PT
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Rana Adhikari, Professor of Physics
Kathryn Zurek, Professor of Theoretical Physics
in conversation with
Whitney Clavin, Senior Content and Media Strategist, Office of Strategic Communications

In the next Conversation in this series, explore the mystery of quantum gravity. Magnify a digital picture enough times and you will discover the pixels that make up the image. Could the universe itself be pixelated, or "quantized"? Theoretical physicist Kathryn Zurek and experimental physicist Rana Adhikari are on the hunt for this phenomenon, a signature of what is known as quantum gravity. They will speak with science writer Whitney Clavin about how they use innovative instrumentation and approaches to unite the microscopic world of quantum physics with the macroscopic world of gravity.

The Power of Quantum Materials
MAY 25, 2022, 11 a.m. PT
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Nai-Chang Yeh, Thomas W. Hogan Professor of Physics
in conversation with
Ann Motrunich, Lead Writer, Office of Strategic Communications

Electronics continue to shrink in size and to grow in capability, speed, and efficiency. The devices that power society now rely on components engineered at the nanoscale. At such small scales, quantum effects begin to take over, exerting a powerful influence on how materials work. Industry professionals turn to physicists for answers about these seemingly confounding but critically important effects. In this event, experimental physicist Nai-Chang Yeh will share insights on what quantum materials are and why we can expect them in all our future technologies.

Storytelling and Science
APRIL 21, 2022, 11 a.m. PT
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Spiros Michalakis, Manager of Outreach and Staff Researcher, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech
Ed Solomon, Writer/Producer (Bill & Ted, Men In Black, Now You See Me)
in conversation with
Whitney Clavin, Senior Content and Media Strategist, Office of Strategic Communications

Caltech physicist Spiros Michalakis and Hollywood screenwriter Ed Solomon will speak with Caltech science writer (and science fiction devotee) Whitney Clavin about how they collaborate to make science shine in film and television scripts, and the many similarities between the creative and scientific processes. Learn how core quantum concepts like entanglement can inform out-there cinematic concepts from time travel to the multiverse.

Why We Want Quantum Computers
MARCH 16, 2022, 11 a.m. PT
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John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics; Allen V. C. and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair, Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
in conversation with
Whitney Clavin, Senior Content and Media Strategist, Office of Strategic Communications


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