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Superheros and the quantum realm

In a recent interview with Inverse Entertainment Spiros Michalakis, describes his input as a consultant on the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of films including Ant Man, Dr. Strange and Captain Marvel. He introduced the Marvel team to the idea of a quantum realm “This is a place where the nature of reality changes around you. [...]

2017-06-07T17:18:00+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Interviews, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hsieh group discovers first 3D quantum liquid crystal

These images show light patterns generated by a rhenium-based crystal using a laser method called optical second-harmonic rotational anisotropy. At left, the pattern comes from the atomic lattice of the crystal. At right, the crystal has become a 3-D quantum liquid crystal, showing a drastic departure from the pattern due to the atomic lattice [...]

2017-05-11T12:57:44+00:00 May 1st, 2017|News, Publications, Uncategorized|0 Comments

David Aasen receives Tombrello Award

Congratulations to Graduate Student David Aasen. He is the recipient of the Tombrello Award, sponsored by Dr. France Córdova. The award recipients were able to meet with Dr. Córdova during her December visit to Caltech. Additional recipients include: Michael Eastwood, the Neugebauer Award and Sarah Gossan the Garmire award. Graduate student recipients of awards sponsored [...]

2017-05-11T13:01:13+00:00 December 12th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kitaev and Wen awarded 2017 APS Buckley Prize

Congratulations to Alexei Kitaev and Xiao-Gang Wen of MIT, 2017 winners of the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize. "For theories of topological order and its consequences in a broad range of physical systems." The purpose of the prize is to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. Read [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:27+00:00 October 11th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quantum Cryptography MOOC begins October 10

Thomas Vidick and Stephanie Wehner from QuTech at the Delft University of Technology are teaching a MOOC course Quantum Cryptography with a classroom component at Caltech and at Delft. The course starts October 10, enroll through the edx.org website. Vidick describes the course "It's a hot topic, but there are very few resources for people [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:27+00:00 October 5th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preskill presents Sommerfeld Lecture Series

John Preskill will be presenting the Nineteenth Arnold Sommerfeld Lecture Series this week. Each semester the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich invites a distinguished theoretical physicist in order to present a short series of lectures with increasing level of specialization. The lecture series includes a public talk for a general audience, [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:27+00:00 July 5th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Congratulations Caltech Graduates

Congratulations Caltech's 2016 graduates. Find photos,  a video of the ceremony, links to the commencement address and more on the Caltech Commencement website. Members of IQIM who received their PhD degrees include: Michael Beverland, Tim Blasius, William Chickering, Laura De Lorenzo, Debaleena Nandi, Paraj Titum, Ari Weinstein, David Yeaton-Massey. Master of Science degrees were conferred [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:27+00:00 June 10th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Capturing Entanglement – a conversation with Stevan Nadj-Perge

Stevan Nadj-Perge, joined Caltech and IQIM in January as assistant professor of applied physics and materials science. "A large part of my research is focused on finding ways to store and process quantum information. Typically, if you have a quantum system, it loses its coherent properties—and therefore, its ability to store quantum information—very quickly. Quantum [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:27+00:00 May 31st, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A conversation with Fernando Brandao

New IQIM faculty member Fernando Brandão, the Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics, studies quantum information science - working to merge quantum mechanics and computer science. In an interview with Caltech Media, he describes his work exploring entanglement developing ways to characterize and quantify entanglement. He also considers new applications of entanglement in quantum information science [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:28+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This Video Of Scientists Splitting An Electron Will Shock You

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKFecm9NKbM?vq=hd720&rel=0&showinfo=0] by Jorge Cham. Ok, this is where things get weird. If quantum computers, femtometer motions or laser alligators weren't enough, let's throw in fractionalized electrons, topological surfaces and strings that go to the end of time. To be honest, the idea that an electron can't be split hadn't even occurred to me before my conversation with Gil [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:37+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|3 Comments