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Abstract for Next Colloquium

January 28, 2019
11:15am in PH1-223
Refreshments in HSCI-224 from 10:45-11:05am

Jason Gallicchio - Harvey Mudd College

Improving Tests of Quantum Entanglement by using Light from Distant Quasars

Quantum entanglement, described by Einstein as "spooky action at a distance," is both fascinating philosophically and is the basis for quantum computing and quantum encryption. For this reason, it deserves to be tested in experiments that push entanglement to its limits. The inferred power of entanglement rests on several assumptions, including that the measurement chosen for one particle can be made independent of any influence that can affect the other particle. Rather than take this assumption for granted, I devised and helped carry out an experiment on the Canary Islands that used real-time measurements of the color of incoming photons from two quasars on opposite sides of the universe to choose the measurements on each entangled particle. The color of these photons was fixed when the universe was only 10% as old as it is today, so any scheme for one quasar to affect measurements on the opposite particle would needed to have been in place before then.

Check out this NOVA show that features the experiment at the Canary islands!

Figure above: Schematic of the experimental setup at the Canary island featuring the different telescopes involved.

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.


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Previous Colloquia

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