Professor Sir Michael V. Berry Visit
APRIL IS BERRY’S SEASON AT MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
We are very excited to announce that from the 17th of April until the 29th of April, the Macquarie University Research Centre for Quantum Science and Technology and the Department of Physics of Astronomy will host a very distinguished guest: world-renowned theoretical physicist and mathematician Professor Sir Michael Berry. Sir Michael is well known in the physics and mathematics communities for his development of the concept of geometric phases (also known as Berry’s phase). His enormous contributions to the fields of mathematical physics and the borders between classical and quantum physics have been awarded with some of the most prestigious prizes in science and mathematics, including the Wolf Prize. Sir Michael also has a passion for the broader communication of scientific ideas in the community. In order to show Sir Michael the appreciation of the Australian community of his research we have set out a series of events that we hope will be of interest to you and your colleagues:
TUESDAY, 19TH OF APRIL, 18.30H - Public lecture by Sir Michael
How quantum physics democratized music: a meditation on physics and technology
Please register here for attendance: http://www.cvent.com/d/hfqw75
Location: Macquarie Theatre, Building W2.4A, Macquarie University
WEDNESDAY, 20TH OF APRIL, 16.00H - Conversations with Sir Michael Berry
A singular conversation: conducted by Dr. Valentina Baccetti
FRIDAY, 22ND OF APRIL, FULL DAY EVENT - 1st Australian Workshop on the Angular Momentum of light (AWAMl).
Optical curl forces and beyond
Please, register here for attendance: http://www.cvent.com/d/ffqxzm
Location: Forum Theater, Building C5C, Macquarie University
TUESDAY 26TH OF APRIL, 1300H - Deptartment of Physics and Astronomy Colloquium
In the spirit of Joe Moyal: Phase-space physics – diabolism, whorls and tendrils, wignereal disease, superoscillations…
Abstract: At the heart of conical refraction – Hamilton’s first physical prediction based on phase space – is a conical singularity: a diabolical point. Geometrical objects characterising the classical evolution of families of orbits are phase-space whorls (near stable fixed points) and tendrils (near unstable fixed points). The discordance between chaotic classical evolution and the corresponding quantum evolutions can be understood by the spreading of Wigner functions in phase space: slower as Planck’s constant increases. Notwithstanding the uncertainty principle, five equivalent local momenta can be associated with a quantum state, often describing spatial variations much faster than the fourier content of the state might suggest.
Location: Building E7B, Theatre 2
WEDNESDAY 27TH OF APRIL, NOON - Graduate lectures in QSciTech. Including the Master Class by Sir Michael
Divergent series: from Thomas Bayes’s bewilderment to today’s resurgence via the rainbow
WEDNESDAY, 27TH APRIL, 19.00H - José Moyal Lecture
Nature’s optics and our understanding of light
RSVP (preferred for catering purposes, but not essential) by Monday 25 April, 2016 to: Christine Hale, Phone: (02) 9850 8947, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More Information: http://www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/departments-and-centres/department-of-mathematics/about-us/medallists/moyal-medallist-2016
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A/Prof. Gabriel Molina-Terriza (email@example.com) or
A/Prof. Michael Steel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also contact us on (02) 9850 4244
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