- February 28, 2019 8:00 PM
Max Born (1882-1970) complained in one of his letters to Albert Einstein that "quanta really are a hopeless mess". Experience how students and young scientists take up the challenge of bringing the wondrous world of quantum physics to the stage in an entertaining and comprehensible way.
In short lectures that will be held in German language, students and scientists will give insights into what they are researching or learning - mostly far from the public in their laboratories and lecture halls. Each slammer has ten minutes to convince the audience of her or his abilities. The more enjoyable and understandable the lecture, the better. The audience decides who wins a prize.
But is it worth spending an evening studying quantum science, the effects of which are often described as "strange", "bizarre" or "spooky"? And will quantum technologies play a role at all in the future? We think: absolutely. The progressive miniaturization of technology inevitably leads to the world of the smallest particles, where the laws of quantum physics rules. It is therefore essential to master them. Quantum physics also has enormous technological potential: extremely fast and energy-saving computers, eavesdrop-proof data transfer, highly accurate sensors or extremely low-loss energy technology. At the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology IQST, the two universities of Ulm and Stuttgart have joined forces with the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Stuttgart to develop new technological approaches from abstract quantum physics. Discoverers meet practitioners at the IQST. Physicists, chemists, biologists and mathematicians explore the entire spectrum of the quantum world, sometimes working hand in hand with engineers or cooperating directly with industry.