Quantum systems pioneer to discuss making weirdness work


Exploiting "quantum weirdness" would dramatically improve computers, make communications systems more secure, and even make possible the teleportation of the physical state of an object.

Carlos Stroud, professor of optics and physics at the University of Rochester, will discuss how scientists can harness the exotic properties of quantum systems in a public lecture titled “Quantum Weirdness: Technology of the Future,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23, in Lecture Hall 10 on the Binghamton University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Quantum mechanics has been around since the early 20th century.  From the beginning, it made some predictions that were weird from the perspective of the every day world. Until recently, these “quantum weirdnesses” were limited to laboratory demonstrations with microscopic particles.  Recently, scientists have shown that these exotic properties of quantum systems can be harnessed for practical applications that may revolutionize technology. Stroud will explore this new field, the physical ideas underlying it and the promise for the future.

Stroud has a degree in physics and mathematics from Centre College, and a doctoral degree in physics from Washington University. In addition to his role as professor of optics and professor of physics, Stroud also serves as director of the Center for Quantum Information. He is a fellow of both the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society. Stroud has lectured in more than 75 different universities, held several lectureships, and from 1998-2002 is a Distinguished Traveling Lecturer for the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society.

Stroud’s public lecture is sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science and the Harpur College Dean’s Office. 

For more information, contact Binghamton University’s Physics Department at 607-777-2217.

Last Updated: 9/17/13