Lezing 1863 – 10e Kapteynlezing – Prof. dr. Anton Zeilinger

Georganiseerd i.s.m. Studium Generale Groningen

Foto: Jacqueline Godany, bron: www.oeaw.ac.at.
SprekerProf. dr. A. Zeilinger (University of Vienna)
Over de sprekerAnton Zeilinger is een Oostenrijks kwantumfysicus en Nobelprijswinnaar in de natuurkunde van 2022. Zeilinger is emeritus hoogleraar natuurkunde aan de Universiteit van Wenen en senior wetenschapper aan het Instituut voor kwantumoptica en kwantuminformatie van de Oostenrijkse Academie van Wetenschappen. Het grootste deel van zijn onderzoek betreft de fundamentele aspecten en toepassingen van kwantumverstrengeling.
TitelA voyage through quantum wonderland
Datum/tijdDonderdag 20 april 2022 om 20:00u
Taal lezingEngels
TerugkijkenDe lezing kan teruggekeken worden via YouTube.

Inleider van de spreker was Prof. dr. Douwe Wiersma (bestuurslid KNG). Hij sprak deze tekst uit.

Albert Einstein required physics to describe reality and spoke of entanglement ‐ the notion that two elementary particles far removed from each other could nonetheless influence each other’s quantum state ‐ as “spooky action at a distance”. Erwin Schrödinger called this hypothetical phenomenon of entanglement the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics. In a series of experiments conducted in various locations, from a dark sewage tunnel under the Danube River to the balmy air between a pair of mountain peaks in the Canary Islands, Anton Zeilinger and his colleagues have demonstrated the reality of quantum entanglement using photons, or light quanta, created by laser beams. For these and earlier such entanglement experiments, John Clauser, Alain Aspect and Anton Zeilinger won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2022. These experiments also paved the way for the emerging field of quantum information science.

In this 10th edition of the J.C. Kapteyn Lecture, Anton Zeilinger will discuss entanglement experiments including recent ones using satellites or even a Cosmic Bell test involving light from distant quasars. What do they tell us about the foundation of quantum physics? Was Niels Bohr, after all, right in his assertion that Physics can only be about what can be said about reality? And what could these discoveries mean for quantum computers, quantum networks and quantum encrypted communication?