Mott Lecture 2024: Professor Franco Nori

  • 16 May 2024
  • 5.30pm - 7.00pm
  • DAV.0.31
  • Professor Franco Nori, Chief Scientist at Theoretical Quantum Physics Laboratory, RIKEN, Japan also at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Superconducting quantum micro-electronics using artificial atoms, for studying quantum optics, opto-electronics, and quantum information.

Atomic physics, quantum optics, nanoscience, condensed matter physics, and quantum information are partly merging as new interdisciplinary areas form to involve all of these traditionally separate subfields. For instance, superconducting circuits can be engineered to exhibit quantum phenomena that are normally associated with atomic systems, and so provide a platform for testing various ideas in atomic physics and quantum optics. And these also can be used to perform quantum analog simulations, quantum computing calculations. and other tasks on quantum information processing. This talk will review the progress made in this field, which has attracted billions of dollars in research and development.

Superconducting circuits based on Josephson junctions exhibit macroscopic quantum coherence and can behave like artificial atoms. Recent technological advances have made it possible to implement atomic-physics and quantum-optics experiments on a chip using these artificial atoms, as well as performing quantum computing tasks. This talk presents a brief overview of the progress achieved so far in this rapidly advancing field. I will not only discuss phenomena analogous to those in atomic physics and quantum optics with natural atoms, but also highlight those not occurring in natural atoms. In addition, I will summarise its current status and several prospective directions in this emerging interdisciplinary field.

A Quantum Technology workshop will be held on 16 and 17 May in DAV1109 Sir David Davies Building:

16 May

Alexander Balanov - Loughborough University

15:00-15:30 Arnaud Mussot - University of Lille
15:30-16:00 Dmitry Skryabin - University of Bath
16:00-16:30 Antonio Hurtado - Strathclyde University
16:30-17:00 Marco Peccianti - Loughborough University
17:00-17:30 Coffee break & move to DAV031 for Mott Lecture)
17:30-17:40 Sergey Saveliev: Prof. Nori’s Introduction
17:40-18:40 Franco Nori - Mott Lecture
19:00-21:00 Dinner
17 May

Alexandre Zagoskin - Loughborough University

09:30-10:00 Lapo Bogani - University of Oxford
10:00-10:30 Juan Totero Gongora  - Loughborough University
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Yuri Pashkin - Lancaster University
11.30-12:00 Sergey Saveliev - Loughborough University 
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Marco Ferrera -Herriot-Watt University
13:30-14:00 Allesia Pasquazi - Loughborough University
14:00-14:30 Sonia Boscolo - Aston University


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