7.00pm to 8.30pm weekly, Monday 21 October
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When mentioned in passing, quantum theory can seem mystifying, with talk of uncertainty, being in two places at once and teleportation. However, it is a theory that arose from a need to explain important physical phenomena, such as the structure and behaviour of atoms, and is now used in nearly every area of physics.
Quantum theory is essential to understand the interaction of light with matter, semiconductors, superconductors, all of chemistry, lasers and more. Quantum physics also points towards exciting technological developments, many realized in the lab, such as quantum computing, teleportation, simulation and cryptography.
This course aims to demystify this most enigmatic area of physics, and to convey the consistency, accuracy and usefulness of quantum theory. There will be discussions on what has been achieved in the field and resulting technological innovations.
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Participants will need only a passing knowledge of mathematics to A-Level standard.
The course will run for six, 90-minute sessions, every Monday on:
The course costs £225 (£190 Ri Members and Patrons) for six sessions, including all course materials and refreshments. The course is for interest only, with no qualification, examination, or certificate of attendance at its conclusion. It is recommended for adults and young people aged 16 and over.
James Millen is a Lecturer in Advanced Photonics at King’s College London.
From 2015 – 2018 he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Quantum Nanophysics Group at the University of Vienna, working on the manipulation and cooling of nanoscale objects, with the goal of controlling them on the quantum level.
In 2017 he was awarded the Institute of Physics’ Bates’ Prize, for his contributions to optomechanics.
He is an editor at the Journal of Physics Communications, an Institute of Physics journal dedicated to the rapid dissemination of research based on quality, not impact. This journal will also accept negative or null results, or the results of replication studies.
This course will cover the same material of previous quantum physics short courses from September 2014-17.
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