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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Beckman Auditorium

Watson Lecture - Quantum Matter: Why Does It Matter?

Xie Chen, Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics, Caltech,

Quantum mechanics is largely thought of as governing the microscopic world without any significant effect on the macroscopic world. However, recent physics breakthroughs have revealed that quantum effects influence the way macroscopic materials such as metals, insulators or magnets, behave. In her talk, Chen will cover some of the amazing phenomena that are only possible in quantum matters and that may hold unprecedented power for quantum computers and even our fundamental understanding of the universe.

This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested via Eventbrite. Registration is not a guaranteed seat or a reserved ticket*. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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About the Speaker

Xie Chen is Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics in the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.

About the Series

Since 1922, The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series has has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public. The series is named for Earnest C. Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech from 1919 until 1959. Spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach. Through a gift from the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, the lecture series is able to highlight assistant professors' research each season.

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