“Nine Lives of the Schrodinger Cat: Realism and Quantum Theory” – Yogesh Joglekar @ Cafe Inquiry

PUBLIC LECTURE, August 19th, 7pm CENTER FOR INQUIRY, DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLISyogesh-joglekaiz3

CINSO and the Center for Inquiry of Indiana co-host the monthly lecture series “Cafe Inquiry.”

Presentation:

Since the antiquities, the notion of realism – that there is a reality “out there”, with properties that are independent of an observer – is well established in the human thought. It is based on the unstated assumption that one can make observations without disturbing what is being observed. Quantum theory, which describes nature at micro- or nanoscale, upends this conventional wisdom. He will introduce quantum theory, and discuss the surprising effects that arise when the process of observation inherently affects the system. This entanglement leads to practical consequences that include exponentially fast quantum computers, noisy channels that can transmit data, and quantum key distribution for cryptography.

Speaker Biography:

Yogesh Joglekar is a theoretical physicist with expertise in quantum Hall effects, graphene, open quantum systems, and memristive systems. He is an Associate Professor at IUPUI. His research is supported by the US National Science Foundation’s CAREER award in 2011. In 2012 he received the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar Fellowship, was profiled in a Turning Point Q&A in Nature (2013), and was recently a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at University of Bristol, UK (2013-2014). He is passionate about involving students of all ages in research and science outreach to a wider community.

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