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A simulation of the production of a Higgs boson particle. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/CERN) A simulation of the production of a Higgs boson particle. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/CERN)

Doc Morris Lecture to Highlight Quantum Advances

Caltech physicist H. Jeff Kimble will discuss the latest in quantum physics and its technological applications.
By SDSU News Team

With last year's discovery of the Higgs boson particle and the technological drive for quantum computing, these are heady times for quantum physics. On Friday, April 22, SDSU will host renowned Caltech physicist H. Jeff Kimble for its Doc Morris Public Lecture to discuss the startling advances in understanding of quantum physics that have occurred over the past two decades, as well as how they affect our understanding of the universe and their practical applications for computation and communication. His talk will touch on how single atoms and photons serve as “quantum Lego blocks” that form larger quantum systems with various functions, and could even one day make up a “quantum internet.”

Kimble is the William L. Valentine Professor of Physics at Caltech. His research focuses on quantum optics, and his accomplishments include performing one of the first demonstrations of teleportation of a quantum state, the first quantum logic gate, and the development of the first single atom laser.

The SDSU Doc Morris Public Lecture honors pioneering physicist Richard “Doc” Morris, who joined SDSU’s faculty in 1957.

The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the North Education building, room 60. Free campus parking will be available on the first and second levels of Parking Structure 1.