Living in a quantum world | University of Oxford

Living in a quantum world

Professor Vlatko Vedral
17:00 - 18:30
Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BD
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Quantum mechanics is commonly said to be a theory of microscopic things: molecules, atoms, subatomic particles. Nearly all physicists, though, think it applies to everything, no matter what the size. The reason its distinctive features tend to be hidden is not a simple matter of scale. Over the past few years experimentalists have seen quantum effects in a growing number of macroscopic systems. The quintessential quantum effect, entanglement, can even occur in large systems as well as warm ones - including living organisms - even though molecular jiggling might be expected to disrupt entanglement. Professor Vlatko Vedral, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Bio-Inspired Quantum Technologies, will discuss his work on both the fundamental aspects of quantum physics as well as some potential applications to biology and technology. This talk will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome