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Undergraduate Physics Seminar: "The quantum chiasma: Can you see a single photon?", Aarya Mehta

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Physics
Location
Loomis 464
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Nov 9, 2023   5:00 pm  
Speaker
Aarya Mehta
Contact
Tushar Mohan
E-Mail
tusharm4@illinois.edu
Phone
848-702-1630
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Physics - Undergraduate Student Events

An active effort on campus; the Kwiat Quantum Information group probes the ultimate lower limit of human perception. Previous studies on the matter, alongside the human experience, remained in the classical realm. We harness quantum entanglement (via a photon heralding optical setup) to test the retinal photoreceptor cells of our volunteers. Coupled with a psychological forced-choice experiment, we seek to ascertain whether the ‘observer’ can serve as single-photon detector. This unveils a world of quantum oddities (superposition, wavefunction collapse, entanglement etc.) we can expose to the human consciousness, such that we may understand ourselves like never before.

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