Moyal Medallist 2010

Moyal Medallist 2010

Moyal Medal Professor William D Phillips

The 2010 Moyal Medallist is Professor William D Phillips, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg MD, where he leads the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group in the Atomic Physics Division of NIST’s Physics Laboratory. The group is part of the Joint Quantum Institute, a cooperative research enterprise of NIST and the University of Maryland.

In 1997 Phillips shared the Nobel Prize in Physics “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.”

Title: “Quantum Information: a scientific and technological revolution for the 21st century”


Two of the great scientific and technical revolutions of the 20th century were the discovery of the quantum nature of the submicroscopic world, and the advent of information science and engineering.  Both of these have had a profound effect on both our daily lives and on our worldview.  Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, we see a marriage of quantum mechanics and information science in a new revolution:  quantum information.  Quantum communication and quantum computation are two aspects of this revolution.  The first is highly speculative:  a new paradigm as different from today’s digital computers as they are from the abacus.  The second is already a reality, providing information transmission whose security is guaranteed by the laws of physics. NIST’s Laser Cooling and Trapping Group is studying the use of single, ultracold atoms as quantum bits, or qubits, for quantum information processing.

The talk is followed by a complimentary light lunch. All are welcome. RSVP required.

Seating is limited, therefore it is essential to RSVP by 2 August

For more information, please contact Maths Dept Administrator Christine Hale on 02 9850 8947

John Corbett
Chair of the Moyal Medal Committee

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