Pioneering Science Series
Featured Speaker: Eric Chitambar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Classical physics describes the everyday world we all experience. The behavior of rockets, ATMs and iPads can all be explained by the physics of the nineteenth century. However, during the 20th century, physicists found that microscopic objects behave in intuition-defying ways and follow a different set of rules known as quantum mechanics. Recently scientists have discovered how the peculiar features of the quantum world can be harnessed for processing information in new and powerful ways. For instance, quantum-based computers have the potential to perform certain calculations much faster than any classical device, and quantum cryptography allows private information to be kept perfectly secure as it is sent from one party to another.
In this talk, Dr. Chitambar will introduce the basic principles underlying quantum computing and quantum information science. Special attention will be given to the phenomenon of "quantum entanglement," which describes two or more quantum objects united in a way completely unimaginable by classical physics. In conclusion, Dr. Chitambar will describe how quantum entanglement itself can be viewed as a physical resource for information processing.
DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science-- Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 - 12.
Location: Kirkwood High School Keating Theater
801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.
FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.
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