Public Physics Lectures for the Interested Public
The public physics lectures are targeted towards interested lay persons and are offered by the Department of Physics in collaboration with RWTHextern.
No special knowledge of physics is required for the "Understanding Physics!" lecture series. Physics experiments will be conducted during some of the events.
The events will be moderated by Professor Dr. Christopher Wiebusch and Professor Dr. Christoph Stampfer.
Admission to these events is free of charge. Registration is not required.
|Where?||Lecture Hall H03, C.A.R.L., Claßenstraße 11|
|Time||11am to 12:30pm|
Saturday, November 16, 2018, 11am
Gravitational Waves – News of the Violent Death of Distant Stars
Prof. Achim Stahl, Institute of Physics III B, RWTH Aachen University
In 2015, the two American LIGO telescopes were the first observatories to detect gravitational waves emitted by the collision of two black holes. An even larger and more sensitive telescope is now being planned in Europe in the hope of being able to look much further into the universe. This so-called Einstein telescope might be built in the South Limburg region between Aachen, Liège and Maastricht, as the geological conditions here are particularly suitable. The lecture will present the project and the new insights that physicists expect from its implementation.
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 11am
What's new at CERN? Findings from the World's Largest Particle Physics Laboratory
P.D. Dr. Daniel E. Bürgler, Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich and Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA-FIT)
Quantum mechanics can explain a number of observations that cannot be reconciled with our everyday experiences. For example, systems can actually be in multiple states simultaneously or one measurement can affect a second measurement at another location seemingly without any connection. These behaviours, which initially seem impossible, can much better be tested now in the laboratory and ways of deriving practical benefit from them are being developed. This is also the effect the quantum computer is based on. It promises to be able to tackle some previously unsolvable computing problems. The lecture illustrates the basic principles of quantum computing and gives insight into the current state of research.