The National Quantum & Dark Matter Road Trip is coming to a city or town near you. As a part of National Science Week, a team of scientists and science communicators will travel around Australia, delivering engaging presentations, hands-on activities, pub quizzes and more.
The nature of dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries of the Universe, and Australia is a key player in the quest to figure it out. Dark matter accounts for 84% of all the matter in the Universe, but we don’t yet know what it is. Quantum technologies are crucial in the hunt for dark matter, and they’re already used in smart phones and cars, medical imaging, manufacturing and navigation. But today’s technologies capture only a small fraction of the potential of quantum physics.
Our road-trippers are looking forward to spreading their knowledge and enthusiasm of quantum and dark matter. They hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, and highlight the potential of quantum technologies and dark matter discovery for the future of our society.
We will be traveling around Victoria from 7 - 11 August, holding individual public events in different states and territories during National Science Week and travelling around Queensland from 21 - 25 August.
A brief history of entanglement (and photons) - public lecture by Prof Jacq Romero The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Professor Alain Aspect, Professor John Clauser and Professor Anton Zeilinger, for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science. Entanglement is at the heart of the quest to build quantum machines—it has the same role in quantum technologies as does heat in an engine or electricity in a light bulb. This talk will outline the importance and implications of entanglement, and the instrumental role of photons (individual particles of light) in the experiments that established the reality of entanglement. This is a free event but registration is required. 6:30-8:00pm public lecture and Q&A We are very grateful to The University of Queensland for their support of this event.