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PQI 2013 Event

PQI2013: Quantum Matter

18-19 April 2013

PQI2013 Agenda

Public lecture by Nobel laureate, Bill Phillips, 5:00pm, 18 April 2013

As part of our event on "Quantum Matter", there will be a public lecture by Bill Phillips (NIST, Gaithersburg), Nobel Laureate in Physics 1997.

The lecture will be held in Ballroom A at the University Club, with coffee and tea served before the lecture from 4:30pm On Thursday April 18th.

"Quantum Information: a scientific and technological revolution for the 21st century"

Abstract:  Two of the great scientific and technical revolutions of the 20th century were the discovery of the quantum nature of the submicroscopic world, and the advent of information science and engineering.  Both of these have had a profound effect not only on our daily lives but on our worldview. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, we see a marriage of quantum mechanics and information science in a new revolution:  quantum information.  Quantum computation and quantum communication are two aspects of this revolution.  The first is highly speculative:  a new paradigm more different from today’s digital computers than those computers are from the ancient abacus.  The second is already a reality, providing information transmission whose security is guaranteed by the laws of physics.  


Event on "Quantum Matter", 18-19 April 2013

Our inaugural PQI event will be held on Thursday April 18th and Friday April 19th this year, in the University Club in Thackeray Ave.

The broad subject area will be centered on the theme of Quantum Matter, including 

  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum gases
  • Quantum simulation
  • Quantum chemistry, molecular structure and dynamics
  • Quantum materials, solidstate devices and nanophysics
  • Quantum transport and related areas of research. 


The program will present a broad range of research being performed in these fields, and will feature prominent invited keynote lecturers, as well as highlighting current research in the PQI. All of the talks will be colloquium-style, and accessible to a broad range of people in quantum-related fields. The official sign-up form closed on April 5th.

Invited Keynote Lecturers

  • Ali Alavi (University of Cambridge)
  • Steve Girvin (Yale University)
  • Philip Kim (Columbia University)  
  • Mikhail Lukin (Harvard University)  
  • Nadya Mason (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Thomas Miller (Caltech)  
  • Bill Phillips (NIST, Gaithersburg)  
  • Mark Ratner (Northwestern University)  
  • Jun Ye (JILA, Boulder)

Organizing committee

  • Andrew Daley
  • Ken Jordan
  • Jeremy Levy 
  • Vincent Liu