Nobel laureate Sir Anthony J. Leggett turns 80! Celebrate with us!
In conjunction with the symposium, two public presentations will be offered back-to-back on Friday, March 30, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the I Hotel and Conference Center’s Illinois Ballroom. (1900 S. First St., Champaign). There is no admission fee and registration is not required—all are welcome.
First up Friday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. will be the premier performance of a theatrical production entitled, “Quantum Voyages.” This work, the collaborative effort of U of I physics professor Smitha Vishveshwara and U of I theatre studies professor Latrelle Bright, tells the story of the quantum realm.
Starting at 8:30 p.m., U of I alumnus and University of California, Santa Barbara Professor of Physics Matthew Fisher will give a popular talk entitled,“Are We Quantum Computers, or Merely Clever Robots?”
A public reception will follow at 9:30 p.m.
In honoring Leggett, this event also celebrates his legacy. Three generations of physicists are represented in the program: Fisher is a former doctoral student of Leggett; and Vishveshwara is a former doctoral student of Fisher.
About Sir Anthony J. Leggett
Sir Anthony J. Leggett, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics, has been a faculty member at Illinois since 1983. He is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics, and his pioneering work on superfluidity was recognized by the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences (foreign member), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society (U.K.), the American Physical Society, and the American Institute of Physics. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics (U.K.). He was knighted (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 "for services to physics."
Professor Leggett has shaped the theoretical understanding of normal and superfluid helium liquids and other strongly coupled superfluids. He set directions for research in the quantum physics of macroscopic dissipative systems and use of condensed systems to test the foundations of quantum mechanics. His research interests lie mainly within the fields of theoretical condensed matter physics and the foundations of quantum mechanics. He has been particularly interested in the possibility of using special condensed-matter systems, such as Josephson devices, to test the validity of the extrapolation of the quantum formalism to the macroscopic level; this interest has led to a considerable amount of technical work on the application of quantum mechanics to collective variables and in particular on ways of incorporating dissipation into the calculations. He is also interested in the theory of superfluid liquid 3He, especially under extreme nonequilibrium conditions, in high-temperature superconductivity,in the low-temperature properties of glasses and in topological quantum computing,particularly in so-called "p+ip" Fermi superfluids.
About the performance, “Quantum Voyages”
by Smitha Vishveshwara and Latrelle Bright, both of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with a Quantum-Theater crew and with cameo appearance by local physicists Brian DeMarco, Anthony Leggett, Virgina Lorenz, Nadya Mason, Dale Van Harlingen
There will be a second performance of “Quantum Voyages” on April 4 at Beckman Institute. Maeve Reilly is the contact person for that performance. Reilly, Maeve J firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the popular talk, “Are We Quantum Computers, or Merely Clever Robots?”
by Professor Matthew Fisher of the University of California, Santa Barbara