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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach

From Imaginary Experiments

to Quantum Information

Luis Orozco

Joint Quantum Institute, Department of Physics

University of Maryland College Park

Monday, September 26, 2016

11:15am in PH2-126

Quantum mechanics is one of the pillars of contemporary physics. Its development took almost thirty years and its consolidation, took as many years. In the middle of last century, new predictions appeared that enabled the invention of the transistor. This brought the first quantum revolution as the transistor facilitated the processing and storage of information. The founders of quantum mechanics realized that its formulation implied new properties of nature that were far from intuitive: for example, a special class of correlations that we call entanglement. Control of individual atoms or electrons was not possible so physicists used imaginary (gedanken) experiments designed to prove principles and predictions of quantum mechanics in the microscopic world. This changed with the development of traps for electrons, atoms, and ions in the seventies and eighties. The trapped particles showed, a never before achieved, control of microscopic individual entities. The experimentalists were now capable of interrogating and observing one and the same particle for long periods of time. From the thirties to the eighties the non-intuitive quantum properties were just a curiosity; however, in the nineties it became clear that these properties of quantum mechanics could be used in the area of information processing. Quantum information was born. We are learning to understand, measure, and use a new resource of nature: quantum entanglement. I will present some of the fascinating world of quantum mechanics and the second revolution that is happening now.

All Physics students & faculty should attend!

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 2, Room 126 (PH2-126). Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Michael Peterson, Phone: 562-985-2734, Email:

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Colloquia Schedule

Academic Year 2015-2016

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
August 29 Meet & Mix CSULB Faculty and Staff Faculty and Staff
September 12 Properties of low-mass AGN as they relate to unification and massive AGN Carol Hood, CSU San Bernardino
September 19 Mathematical Structures in Quantum Field Theory in Curved Space Alfonso Agnew, CSU Fullerton
September 26 From Imaginary Experiments to Quantum Information Luis Orozco, University of Maryland
October 3 ... Cenke Xu, UC Santa Barbara
October 10 ... Yonggyu Gim, JPL
October 17 ... Prashanth Jaikumar, CSU Long Beach
October 24 ... Steven White, UC Irvine
October 31 ... Fangyuan Tian, CSU Long Beach
November 7 ... TBA
November 14 ... Alexander Levine, UC Los Angeles
November 21 N/A N/A
November 28 ... Yaroslav Tserkovnyak, UC Los Angeles