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Faculty Lunch and Discussion

Faculty Lunch and Discussion Date Speaker Location April 12 Fernando Brandão, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Nai-Chang Yeh Online March 29 Meeting Postponed (due to APh visiting day) - now on April 12 Online March 8 Garnet Chan, Manuel Endres, Joseph Falson Online February 22, 2021 David Hsieh, Austin Minnich, Gil Refael Online February 8, 2021 Xie [...]

2021-03-29T10:35:37-07:00April 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Faculty Lunch and Discussion

Quantum Matter Animated!

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham What does it mean for something to be Quantum? I have to confess, I don't know. My Ph.D was in Robotics and Kinematics, so my neurons are deeply trained to think in terms of classical dynamics. I asked my siblings (two engineers and one architect) what comes to mind for them [...]

This Video Of Scientists Splitting An Electron Will Shock You

[youtube=] 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 [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:37-08:00December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|3 Comments

A Quantum Adventure

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham How do you make something that has never existed before? I often get suggestions for comics I should draw, which I welcome because A) I like to think of PHD Comics as a global collaborative effort and B) after 17 years, I'm almost out of ideas. This particular suggestion came from Chen-Lung [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:47-08:00February 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|8 Comments

The Most Awesome Animation About Quantum Computers You Will Ever See

[youtube=] by Jorge Cham You might think the title is a little exaggerated, but if there's one thing I've learned from Theoretical Physicists so far, it's to be bold with my conjectures about reality. Welcome to the second installment of our series of animations about Quantum Information! After an auspicious start describing doing the impossible, this [...]

2017-01-13T10:05:51-08:00August 22nd, 2013|Real science, Reflections|40 Comments

This single-shot life

The night before defending my Masters thesis, I ran out of shampoo. I ran out late enough that I wouldn’t defend from beneath a mop like Jack Sparrow’s; but, belonging to the Luxuriant Flowing-Hair Club for Scientists (technically, if not officially), I’d have to visit Shopper’s Drug Mart. The author’s unofficially Luxuriant [...]


Public Outreach In addition to educating a new generation of students and scientists, IQIM strives to engage the public’s fascination with the mysteries of the quantum realm. Follow our blog Quantum Frontiers with regular posts by IQIM graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and a few guest authors. Topics include discussion of recent breakthroughs in science, [...]

2020-08-19T17:39:51-07:00March 11th, 2019|Comments Off on Outreach