7:30 pm, Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014
Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College
Schroedinger's Mirrors: Confronting Quantum Physics with Gravity
Recent experiments around the world have now demonstrated the first steps
into the quantum regime of massive mechanical objects. This opens the door
to a hitherto untested parameter regime of macroscopic quantum physics.
Due to the large available mass range -- from picograms in nanomechanical
waveguides to kilograms in mirrors for gravitational wave detection -- it
becomes possible to explore the fascinating interface between quantum
physics and gravity in table-top quantum optics experiments. This means
that it will finally be possible, in earth-based physics labs, to
confront the 2 great theories of physics - Einstein's General Theory of
Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics.
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