Saturday Physics for Everyone

Title Saturday Physics for Everyone: "How to Train your Photon"
Speaker Professor Virginia Lorenz, Physics Department
Date: 12/5/2015
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL


Physics Department

Contact: Toni Pitts, Coordinator of Recruiting and Special Programs
Originating Calendar: Physics - Saturday Physics for Everyone
The talk will be followed by lab tours. 
PLEASE see instructions below for getting a lab tour ticket.
ONLY individuals with tickets will be able to tour the lab 

Just like dragons, single particles of light, called photons, are notoriously difficult to train; their shape depends a lot on the environment they are born into, they can be in multiple places at once, and they fly faster than anything else in the world. On the other hand, these properties make them extremely useful for accomplishing otherwise impossible tasks and for bringing us to new levels of understanding. But how do you get them to do what you want? I will give a quick photon-training tutorial to show how we coax single photons out of hiding and increase their powers. When photons are trained, they can do amazing things, like alerting you if anyone is eavesdropping on your conversation, telling you the answer to currently unsolvable questions, and telling us whether our theories of how the world fundamentally works are correct.

The format of this presentation is a 30 minute talk, followed by a tour to see the training grounds and other applications of the powerful photon in physics labs at Illinois. 

ATTENTION !! People interested in touring the labs: 
When you first come in, before the talk, everyone interested in a tour MUST sign up for it at the table in front. You will receive a color coded ticket assigning you the time and the tour.  
Admission is limited.  We will offer tours twice if there are more than ~50 people interested.  The first tour will start at about 10:45am , the second tour will start about 11:05.  
Labs have strictly limited capacity.  ONLY individuals with tickets will be able to tour the lab   (e.g. you and your child must each have a ticket)

View Professor Lorenz's presentation slides. 

Display for Professor Lorenz's lecture

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