Quantum physics: a tool for new upcoming technologies

The Project

Quantum physics challenges our intuition, but at the same time allows us to understand our world and develop some important technologies of the present (like lasers, LEDs and transistors) and astonishing technologies of the future (like quantum computers and communications).

We invite you to a journey through the quantum world, where you will face the basic rules of quantum physics to understand how these can help us building the technologies of the future.

Quantum physics challenges our most basics intuitions, yet it provides astonishingly accurate predictions on the behavior of matter and energy on the scale of atoms and below. Without it, we wouldn’t have developed useful technologies, such as lasers, LEDs and transistors. Many more are about to come, such as quantum computers, as we are at the beginning of a quantum technological revolution.

We invite you to take a journey to the core of quantum physics, starting from its foundations, and building day by day the basis to understand the upcoming quantum technologies. We’ll start with an introduction to the mathematical language (basic algebra and matrices) that will help us unfold the counterintuitive consequences of quantum physics. We’ll see how quantum physics is strictly connected to information processing and how it can improve current technologies, such as communications, cryptography and computing through theoretical and practical activities in a friendly environment.

Even if it may seem incredible, quantum physics has an important impact on our daily life: Richard Feynman said that it is safe to say that nobody understands quantum mechanics. During your stay here at ICFO we challenge you to prove him wrong, to understand the basics of quantum physics and how many new technologies can stem from it, so that you can be an active part of the second quantum revolution!

Matching profiles

Physics, photonics, mathematics, engineering

Required materials

Laptop

Coordinator of the project
Federica Beduini

Federica Beduini (ICFO)

  • MSc in Physics by Università degli Studi of Milan.
  • PhD in Photonics by Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC); UPC Special Doctoral Award.
  • Part of ICFO KTT team led by Dra. Silvia Carrasco, coordinator of many of the outreach activities organized by ICFO.
  • Organizer of the Young Photonics Congress, a scientific congress for high-school students that has reached already its fourth edition.
  • Co-organizer of the BIG Bell Test, a worldwide citizen science experiment that involved more than 100 scientists and 100.000 people around the world.
Associated researchers

Gorka Muñoz

  • Degree in Physics by Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
  • MSc in Photonics by a joint program between UAB, UPC, University of Barcelona (UB) and ICFO.
  • Awarded with the LaCaixa Fellowship to pursue the PhD in the Quantum Optics Theory group at ICFO, led by Prof. M. Lewenstein.
  • Researching the connection between artificial intelligence and physics.
  • Participation in different outreach programs, from editing the science section of a university magazine, to collaborating in the Outreach program at ICFO.
The center
ICFO

The Institute of Photonic Science (ICFO) is a young research institution that aims to advance the very limits of knowledge in photonics, namely the science and technology of harnessing light.