Colloquium

Sean Carroll of Caltech will give a colloquium talk, titled “From Quantum Mechanics to Space-time,” on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Summary: Nine decades in, the foundations of quantum mechanics remain mysterious. Meanwhile, modern physicists puzzle over how to reconcile quantum mechanics with gravity. Carroll suggests that these problems are related and that a promising strategy suggests itself: rather than “quantizing gravity,” we should look for gravity within quantum mechanics. This approach has interesting consequences for how we think about the…

Oct. 7, 4 p.m. Katie Mack, North Carolina State University Fermilab employees and users can access the Zoom link below (Services login required): https://fermipoint.fnal.gov/org/ood/LabLeadership/Shared%20Documents/Zoom%20link%20for%20colloquium.docx?d=wddecabdd5efe44ee91ba775647366a0a&csf=1&e=XzG3Ib Please note: you will need the passcode to enter the zoom Anyone else can obtain the Zoom link the day of the colloquium by emailing Justine Dunn at jdunn@fnal.gov While it is considered to be one of the most promising hints of new physics beyond the Standard Model, dark matter is as-yet known only through its…

The Fermilab Colloquium titled “New Technologies for New Discoveries: ProtoDUNE at CERN for the International DUNE Megascience Project in the US” takes place on April 15 beginning at 4:00pm CST through zoom. To facilitate this Zoom meeting, send an email to kronkow@fnal.gov to receive the invitation. Please send the email as soon as possible to receive the Zoom information.

Frederick Coolidge of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will give a Zoom-only Colloquium talk titled “The Evolution of Language.” While the presence of different languages throughout the world is undeniable, the origin of language and its evolution is highly contentious. The Colloquium talk explains why Chomsky is wrong, how language did evolve, why people speak, and why the most popular topic in all the world’s cultures is gossip.

On Wednesday, April 1, at 4 p.m., Frederick Coolidge of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will give a Zoom-only Colloquium talk titled “The Evolution of Language.” Visit the event page for information on the talk and on how to connect by Zoom.

Don’t miss colloquium speaker Gareth Meirion Griffith, PhD from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory when he presents “Engineering Mobility for Ocean World’s Robotic Systems” on Monday, October 21, at 1 p.m. in Wilson Hall One West. In preparation for his talk, please fill out a short SurveyMonkey form by Thursday, October 17.  

In 1999, Nature published the first demonstration of a superconducting quantum bit, or qubit, a feat that relied on trillions of atoms operating in nearly perfect synchrony so that their collective, macroscopic, quantum state was either in 0, 1, or any desired complex superposition of the two. Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti Computing, will give insight into their efforts as a full-stack quantum computing start-up that has provided 24/7 cloud access to quantum processors since 2017. 

Don’t miss our colloquium speaker this Monday, Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti Computing. He will give insight into the quantum computing start-up’s efforts in quantum processors. He will describe system design considerations and challenges as industry scales up quantum technologies to hundreds of superconducting qubits that are continuously operated at temperatures colder than space, entangled and read out by a complex symphony of radio-frequency control electronics, as well as custom R&D solutions developed to satisfy demands imposed by…