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Monday 20 Feb / Tuesday 21 Feb 2023 (179th anniversary of Ludwig Boltzmann’s birthday)
Nicole Yunger Halpern: Quantum Steampunk: The physics of yesterday’s tomorrow
Abstract: Steampunk is a genre of literature, art, and film that juxtaposes futuristic technologies with Victorian settings. This fantasy is coming to life at the intersection of thermodynamics, which developed during the Victorian era, and quantum information science, which is partially cutting-edge and partially futuristic. I call this booming discipline quantum steampunk.
Nicole Yunger Halpern
Nicole Yunger Halpern is a Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), a theoretical physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.
Nicole earned her Bachelors at Dartmouth College, where she graduated as a co-valedictorian of her class. As a Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) student, she completed her master’s at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Nicole earned her physics PhD under John Preskill’s auspices at the Caltech. Her PhD dissertation won the international Ilya Prigogine Prize for a thermodynamics PhD thesis. As an ITAMP Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard, she received the International Quantum Technology Emerging Researcher Award.
Nicole is the author of the book Quantum Steampunk: The Physics of Yesterday’s Tomorrow. She has also written over 100 monthly articles for Quantum Frontiers, the blog of Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter.
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