Light and matter: towards macroscopic quantum systems

Advances in quantum engineering and material science are enabling new approaches for building systems that behave quantum mechanically on long time scales and large length scales.  I will discuss how microwave and optical technologies in particular are leading to new domains of many-body physics, both classical and quantum, using photons and phonons as the constituent particles.  Furthermore, I will highlight practical consequences of these advances, including improved force and acceleration sensing, efficient signal transduction, and topologically robust photonic circuits.  Finally, I will consider how such large quantum systems may help us measure and constrain theories of quantum gravity and gravity-induced decoherence.

Event Type: 
Scientific Area(s): 
Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 14:00 to 15:30
Lazaridis Theatre