MCQST at Forscha 2023

5 May 2023 - 7 May 2023
from 9:00 to 17:00

Meet us MCQST at the Forscha / Münchner Wissenschaftstage 2023

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Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum und Alte Kongresshalle




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MCQST is looking forward the Forscha / Münchner Wissenschaftstage 2023 with Munich Quantum Valley, PhotonLab, and the other Munich-based Excellence Clusters to give the public a look into the world of scientists!

Meet us at the “Excellence Clusters in Munich” Booth

Where will we get our energy from in the future? What is a quantum computer? How does Alzheimer's disease develop? And what actually happened after the after the big bang? These and many other questions are being addressed by the researchers of the four Munich Clusters of Excellence e-conversion, MCQST, SyNergy, and ORIGINS. At the joint booth you can expect exciting experiments to do yourself and take part in a fun quiz with cool prizes!

MCQST will give you a look into the world of a quantum scientist with virutal reality! Strap on a cutting-edge virtual reality headset and step right into the lab yourself.

Lecture: Hands-On Quantum Mechanics : Of Nuclear Spins, Quantum Bits, and Quantum Computers | Prof. Steffen Glaser

The world of quanta is not only fascinating, but also enables many technical applications, ranging from lasers to medical nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to future quantum computers. While our current computers are based on processing many bits (with values of 0 or 1), quantum computers are based on combining quantum bits.

A major hurdle in understanding the quantum world and the quantum technologies built upon it has been the lack of a descriptive (yet accurate) representation of its underlying mathematical description. In his talk, Prof. Dr. Steffen Glaser will use his "quantum bead game" to present a novel visual and "graspable" way of representing quantum states. This allows to illustrate the "rules of the game" of the quantum world and its peculiarities, such as the difference between bits and quantum bits, entanglement as well as the principles of quantum information processing.

After the lecture, there will be an opportunity to learn more about the quantum bead game.

Saturday, 6 May 2023, 14:00 - 15:15

Live Reading: Alice in Quantumland | PhotonLab

Read by Veit Ziegelmaier (co-author / executive producer) and Sofie Silbermann
For children from approx. 6-12 years, 2 x approx. 40 minutes

Alice and her rabbit Rabbit mysteriously arrive in Quantum Land. It is a world where the basic building blocks of the earth are found and everything is so tiny that it cannot even be seen with the naked eye. Here, the rules are completely different from what we are used to. In search of Rabbit, whom Alice lost sight of when she arrived, she has a lot of unusual adventures and meets a strange, grinning cat named Schrödinger. This cat claims to be dead and alive at the same time. What a surprise! Schrödinger becomes Alice's companion. On their search for Rabbit they meet the famous physicist Albert Einstein, who gives them a hint where they could find Rabbit. Finally, they meet Rabbit on the sidelines of a soccer game. But watch out! Quantum soccer is being played here and Alice and Rabbit cause quite a bit of confusion! The radio play explains quantum phenomena in a humorous and child-friendly way, such as the thought experiment "Schrödinger's cat", the "tunnel effect" and the "double-slit experiment".

A cooperation project of the school lab "PhotonLab" at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU), the Munich-Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST), the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV), and the Deutsches Museum.

Sunday, 11:00 - 12:00 | Episode 1: A cat named Schrödinger
Sunday, 14:00 - 15:00 | Episode 2: Einstein and the soccer match

Lecture: The World of Quantum Sensors: How Tiny Particles Help us Measure the World | Dr. Judith Gabel, QL3

At the atomic level, different principles apply than those we know from our daily lives. These principles are called quantum effects and form the basis of many technologies used in our everyday lives, such as computers and cell phones. However, the full potential of quantum physics extends far beyond these applications. With the ever improving control over single quantum particles, completely new technologies can be implemented today, e.g. quantum computers or extremely sensitive quantum sensors. While quantum computers are often mentioned in the press, quantum sensors receive rather little attention, even though quantum sensors offer exciting applications in medicine or navigation, among others, and are furthermore already much more advanced than quantum computers.

In her lecture, Dr. Judith Gabel provides insight into the world of quantum sensors and conveys in a vivid way how quantum sensors work and what role this promising technology will play in the future.

Sunday, 12:00 - 13:00

Lecture: Why is Everyone Talking About Quantum Computers? | Prof. Barbara Kraus

Our cell phones, computers and everything we use in everyday life process classical information. But quantum physics teaches us that quantum information, that is, information stored in quantum mechanical systems, behaves quite differently from classical information. It can be processed, stored and sent using completely different methods. In her talk, quantum physicist Prof. Dr. Barbara Kraus explains the key differences between quantum mechanical and classical systems. She also provides insight into how to use efficient processing of quantum information.

Sunday, 15:00 - 16:00

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