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December

| Event Location: Brimacombe 311 | Speaker: Mark Saffman, Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Quantum computing is a few decades old and is currently an area where there is great excitement, and rapid developments. One of the daunting challenges in developing a practical quantum computer is the need to scale to a very large number of qubits. Neutral atoms are one of the most promising approaches for meeting this challenge.

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Add to Calendar 2019-12-05T14:00:00 2019-12-05T15:00:00 CM Seminar - Scalable quantum computing with neutral atoms Abstract: Quantum computing is a few decades old and is currently an area where there is great excitement, and rapid developments. One of the daunting challenges in developing a practical quantum computer is the need to scale to a very large number of qubits. Neutral atoms are one of the most promising approaches for meeting this challenge. Event Location: Brimacombe 311

December

| Event Location: Hennings 201 | Speaker: Warren Warren (Duke)

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Advances in ultrafast lasers, and in technologies to control those lasers, have led to methods which image intrinsic nonlinear optical signatures that were not previously observable in complex materials (such as tissue or Renaissance paintings).  Contrast comes from effects such as excited state absorption, ground state depletion, and cross phase modulation - with much less power than a laser pointer.  An emerging medical application is in melanoma, which presents serious diagnostic challenges today.  More patients die from melanoma after a Stage I diagnosis than after a Stage IV dia

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Add to Calendar 2019-12-05T16:00:00 2019-12-05T17:00:00 Using new nonlinear methods to improve molecular imaging Advances in ultrafast lasers, and in technologies to control those lasers, have led to methods which image intrinsic nonlinear optical signatures that were not previously observable in complex materials (such as tissue or Renaissance paintings).  Contrast comes from effects such as excited state absorption, ground state depletion, and cross phase modulation - with much less power than a laser pointer.  An emerging medical application is in melanoma, which presents serious diagnostic challenges today.  More patients die from melanoma after a Stage I diagnosis than after a Stage IV dia Event Location: Hennings 201

December

| Event Location: Hebb 100 Theatre (UBC CAMPUS) 2045 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 | Speaker: UBC Physics & Astronomy

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The Faraday Show is UBC’s annual science lecture, designed for children, presented by UBC Physics & Astronomy. This year the show will feature creative and quirky ways a physicist might solve everyday problems! Your alarm clock won’t stop? Lightbulbs don’t work? Recycling pop cans is a chore? No problem! Join us to find solutions to these inconveniences and learn the physics and science behind everyday things - through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This show is for children of ALL AGES, and adults who are young at heart!

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Add to Calendar 2019-12-08T14:00:00 2019-12-08T15:30:00 Fix it with Physics! Quirky Solutions to Daily Problems (16th Faraday Show) The Faraday Show is UBC’s annual science lecture, designed for children, presented by UBC Physics & Astronomy. This year the show will feature creative and quirky ways a physicist might solve everyday problems! Your alarm clock won’t stop? Lightbulbs don’t work? Recycling pop cans is a chore? No problem! Join us to find solutions to these inconveniences and learn the physics and science behind everyday things - through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This show is for children of ALL AGES, and adults who are young at heart! Event Location: Hebb 100 Theatre (UBC CAMPUS) 2045 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

December

| Event Location: TRIUMF Auditorium | Speaker: Bjoern Lehnert (Carleton)

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Add to Calendar 2019-12-10T14:00:00 2019-12-10T14:00:00 First results of the KATRIN experiment on an absolute neutrino mass measurement Event Location: TRIUMF Auditorium

December

| Event Location: Hennings 318 | Speaker: Bernhard Keimer - Max Planck Institute

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Add to Calendar 2019-12-11T10:30:00 2019-12-11T11:30:00 Special seminar - Spectroscopy of collective modes in 4d-metal compounds Abstract Event Location: Hennings 318

December

| Event Location: Hebb Theatre | Speaker: Sean Carroll (Caltech)

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Quantum mechanics is a theory of wave functions in Hilbert space. Many features that we generally take for granted when we use quantum mechanics - classical spacetime, locality, the system/environment split, collapse/branching, preferred observables, the Born rule for probabilities - should in principle be derivable from the basic ingredients of the quantum state and the Hamiltonian. I will discuss recent progress on these problems, including consequences for cosmology and quantum gravity.

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Add to Calendar 2019-12-12T17:00:00 2019-12-12T18:00:00 Extracting the Universe from the Wave Function Quantum mechanics is a theory of wave functions in Hilbert space. Many features that we generally take for granted when we use quantum mechanics - classical spacetime, locality, the system/environment split, collapse/branching, preferred observables, the Born rule for probabilities - should in principle be derivable from the basic ingredients of the quantum state and the Hamiltonian. I will discuss recent progress on these problems, including consequences for cosmology and quantum gravity. Event Location: Hebb Theatre