Quantum physics: a tool for new upcoming technologies
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 will 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!
Physics, photonics, mathematics, engineering
- Understanding the basic principles of quantum physics through the mathematical language;
- Connecting quantum physics to new upcoming technologies;
- Experiencing and understanding different aspects of scientific research.