PINT OF SCIENCE 23 MAY23 May
Have you ever wondered what the quantum world looks like? If you want to know some of the key aspects of quantum physics and its current applications while having some beer, this is your opportunity! Learn from some Glasgow researchers so that you can become an expert when you watch The Big Bang Theory with your friends. And if you need even more reasons to attend this event then, Bright Club will be performing during the night, bringing hilarious stand-up comedy sketches about research life.
FASTER THAN LIGHT IMAGING
Professor Gabe Spalding (Professor of Physics)
New types of camera allows for ‘faster-than-light’ (FTL) imaging. We have experimentally produced a movie of something that is, in a basic sense, traveling backwards in time. While, there are clear physical limitations of such methods, we believe that the new age of imaging promises to open entirely new worlds of possibilities for inquiry and explanation.
DOES GOD PLAY DICE?
Miles Padgett (Professor of Optics)
Quantum entanglement provides a theory of a ‘spooky’ link between the properties of distant objects. One of the most striking examples of entanglement is in an image obtained from light that has never interacted with the object being photographed. About the role played by random chance in quantum entanglement, Einstein once wrote that “God does not play dice with nature". It seems as if God does indeed play dice, and that this cosmic gambling enables new technology.
TIME FOR A COLD ONEJames McGilligan (PhD Researcher)
Did you know that we use lasers to make the coldest place in the universe? How about, that we then use atoms to make unbelievably accurate clocks? During this informal chat Paul will give us what for legal reasons he probably shouldn’t call a 'brief' history of time. He will also explain for the non-physicist how new research is tapping into quantum physics to create new atomic clocks, along with a whole range of other quantum technologies that in the near future will be in our hospitals, cars, and mobile phones.
Bright Club (Science Stand-Up Comedians)
Bright Club is a unique comedy night in which academics are let out of their labs and offices and put on a stage to present their research via the medium of stand-up. Join us for a few brief but hilarious glimpses into Scottish research.
Bright Club was founded at UCL in London in 2009 but has since spread to cities across the country, from Bristol to Glasgow.
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