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World Quantum Day Celebration

Event Type
Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center
Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, 306 N. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801
Apr 13, 2024   10:00 am - 1:00 pm  
Chad Orzel, Professor of Physics, Union College
Michael Smith
Originating Calendar
IQUIST Events Calendar

Join us in celebrating World Quantum Day on Saturday, April 13, 2024! The Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center will host events discussing and showcasing quantum research and discoveries. Events will begin at 10:00 AM at the Saturday Engineering for Everyone, where guest speaker Professor Chad Orzel will talk about the "Quantum Physics of an Ordinary Morning." Following the presentation will be a quantum scavenger hunt, demonstrations, liquid nitrogen ice cream and a book signing by Author Chad Orzel! A limited supply of books will be available for purchase. The World Quantum Day events are open to all campus community members and the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.


  • 9:30 AM - Donuts and coffee before the presentation
  • 10:00 AM - Saturday Engineering for Everyone lecture with Dr. Chad Orzel
  • 11:00 AM - Hands-On Demos, Scavenger Hunt, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, book signing and light refreshments
  • 1:00 PM - Conclusion
    schedule subject to change

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.
Text from https://worldquantumday.org/april-14/ 

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!
Text from quantum.gov/world-quantum-day

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