Quantum is engineering's next big frontier. Professor Andy Greentree will discuss concepts such as the limit of information, and technologies and opportunities that will shape the 21st Century.
The world's economy is dominated by science and technology in a way that it never has been previously. The ultimate technology is quantum mechanics. The race to develop quantum technology will determine the winners and losers in the coming 'quantum economy'.
One hundred years ago, two of history's greatest thinkers, Einstein and Bohr, argued about quantum mechanics, specifically what it was and what it meant. Those arguments gave us revolutionary concepts: Schrödinger's cat, wave-particle duality, entanglement – the 'spooky action at a distance' that seems to defy Einstein's relativity – and 'collapse of the wavefunction' that hides quantum mechanic's greatest secrets.
The latter half of the 20th Century saw the philosophical discussions and gedanken experiments (thought experiments) become serious science, as some of the weirdest predictions of quantum mechanics were proven.
Feynman famously said that 'nobody understands quantum mechanics', but the 21st Century has contradicted him. Not only do we understand quantum, but scientists and engineers are taking the first steps to build new quantum technologies. But what does 'quantum' really mean and what are the implications for science and society in the quantum future?
In this talk Professor Andy Greentree will talk about some of his work in quantum computing, quantum transport, quantum sensing and quantum communication.