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World Quantum Day

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Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center
Campus Instructional Facility & Superconductivity Center
Apr 14, 2023   All Day
Timmi Turley
Originating Calendar
IQUIST Events Calendar

Join us in celebrating World Quantum Day on Friday, April 14, 2023! The Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center will host events discussing and showcasing quantum research and discoveries. Events will begin at 4:00 PM with an "Ask Me Anything" panel moderated by Professor Paul Kwiat at the Monumental Study Steps in the Campus Instructional Facility. Lab tours, a poster session, and a reception will follow at the Materials Research Laboratory. The World Quantum Day events are open to all campus community members and the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.


  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM - Monumental Study Steps in the Campus Instructional Facility (1405 W. Springfield Ave, Urbana, IL)
    • Introduction to Quantum presentation and "Ask Me Anything" with IQUIST faculty, staff, and graduate students:
      • Paul Kwiat, Professor of Physics (Panel Moderator)
      • Emily Edwards, Executive Director of IQUIST
      • Wolfgang Pfaff, Assistant Professor of Physics
      • Mari Cieszynski, Graduate Research Assistant, DeMarco Lab
      • Priyash Barya, Graduate Research Assistant, Goldschmidt Lab

  • 5:30 - 7:00 PM- Enter through the main entrance of the Materials Research Laboratory (104 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL)
    • Poster Session & Competition (sign-up deadline is April 5) -2nd-floor hallway of the Superconductivity Center
    • Reception - Room 2008 Superconductivity Center
    • Laboratory Tours - Meet in lobby of the Materials Research Laboratory - Tours will leave every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 PM and will run to 6:30 P

What is World Quantum Day?  
World Quantum Day aims to promote the public understanding of quantum science and technology worldwide. World Quantum Day is celebrated on April 14, a reference to 4.14, the rounded first digits of Planck’s constant: 4.135667696×10−15 eV.s = 0,000 000 000 000 004 135667696 electronvolt second, a product of energy and time that is the fundamental constant governing quantum physics. Plank's constant provides the foundation of quantum physics and continues bringing revolutionary technological breakthroughs.
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Why Quantum, Why Now? 
Quantum mechanics is the science of atoms and particles–the building blocks of the world. Using quantum mechanics, scientist and engineers have created revolutionary technologies that impact our everyday lives. For example, the semiconductor chips in our smartphones and computers operate in part using quantum mechanics. LASERS, LED lights, and LED monitors were developed based on our understanding of quantum mechanics. The Global Position System (GPS) that helps us navigate the world relies on the quantum mechanics of ultra-precise atomic clocks.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners in hospitals use quantum mechanics. Future technologies such as quantum computers, quantum sensors, and quantum communication devices may offer new and disruptive applications as well. You are invited to be a part of the quantum revolution!
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