Physics Department Colloquium

In the realm of tiny objects, the laws of classical physics break down and quantum mechanics take over. At the fundamental level, things become fuzzy. We can no longer make predictions with certainty. Nature is intrinsically probabilistic. Objects have no clear position unless we look at them. Despite its strangeness, the theory of quantum mechanics has been passing all experimental tests and has been confirming various bizarre predictions. The laws of quantum mechanics rule over every atom in every piece of matter, but unless we go down to the tiny scales, we do not perceive them. So where exactly is the border between the quantum and the classical world? How can the weird aspects of quantum mechanics affect our daily lives?

This talk at 7 p.m. on April 10 in DeLoach Hall, Room 212 will give a general view of the main properties of quantum mechanics and will discuss how they can be applied to the development of new technologies.