Dr. Paul Kwiat, physicist at the University of Illinois, will be the first speaker in this year's "World of Science" lecture series at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College. His presentation, "Something Quantum This Way Comes: The Quantum Information Revolution," will be given on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the planetarium dome. Admission is $1 at the door.
More than a century after Einstein's revolutionary suggestion that light is composed of particles, the quantum information revolution seeks to use the almost "magical" properties of nonclassical physics to enable new feats in information processing that would be difficult or impossible without the quantum advantage. Kwiat will discuss how quantum randomness, superposition, and entanglement can be used to realize perfectly secure cryptography, ultra-fast computation, and completely noninvasive "photography."
Kwiat received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. He had stops before the University of Illinois including work in quantum optics in Innsbruck, Austria, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He has authored more than 100 articles on quantum optics and quantum information.
Following his talk, the planetarium will premiere the fulldome movie "Secrets of the Sun." For a full schedule of planetarium programs and admission fees, visit the planetarium website
or call the show hotline at 217/351-2446.