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Foundations of quantum mechanics and their impact on contemporary society

Discussion meeting

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Gerardo Adesso, Dr Rosario Lo Franco and Dr Valentina Parigi.

The dark and light cat images arise respectively due to destructive and constructive quantum interference, and are obtained by detecting entangled photons that never interacted with the object itself. Image credit: Gabriela Barreto Lemos and Victoria Borish. Design: Patricia Enigl. Copyright: Austrian Academy of Sciences

Revolutionary quantum phenomena like superposition, wave-particle duality, uncertainty principle, entanglement and non-locality are today well-established, albeit continuing debates remain about the profound understanding of their manifestation. Further, these concepts have been enabling a quantum technological revolution. This meeting aims at gathering the most relevant recent advances on the foundations of quantum mechanics, highlighting their multidisciplinary impact on contemporary society.

More information on the speakers and programme will be available soon. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future volume of Philosophical Transactions A.

Poster session

There will be a poster session at 17:00 on Monday 11 December 2017. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (no more than 200 word and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Friday 10 November 2017. Please note that places are limited and posters are selected at the scientific organiser's discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting. 

Attending this event

This meeting is intended for researchers in relevant fields.

  • Free to attend
  • Limited places, advanced registration is essential (more information about registration will be available soon)
  • An optional lunch can be purchased during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

11 December

09:00-12:30

Fundamental aspects of quantum theory

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Chairs

Dr Valentina Parigi, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, Pierre and Marie Curie University

09:05-09:30 Recovering the quantum formalism from physically realist axioms

Professor Philippe Grangier, Insitute d'Optique Palaiseau

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Relational quantum mechanics: understanding with 'relations' versus understanding with 'things'

Professor Carlo Rovelli, Aix-Marseille University

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

11:00-11:30 Quantum automata field theory: derivation of mechanics from algorithmic principles

Professor Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano, University of Pavia

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Complementarity and uncertainty: what remains?

Professor Reinhard F Werner, Leibniz University of Hannover

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:00-17:00

Quantum nature of the Universe

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Dr Rosario Lo Franco, University of Palermo

13:30-14:00 Decoherence and the quantum theory of the classical

Professor Wojciech H Zurek, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 The quantum nature of time and the origin of dynamics

Associate Professor Joan Vaccaro, Griffith University

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:30-16:00 Dealing with indistinguishable particles and their entanglement

Professor Giuseppe Compagno, University of Palermo

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 Statistics and dynamics of systems composed of partially distinguishable particles

Professor Andreas Winter, Autonomous University of Barcelona

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16:45-17:00 Discussion

12 December

09:00-12:30

Causality, locality and quantum measurements

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Professor Gerardo Adesso, University of Nottingham

09:00-09:30 Causality in a quantum world

Professor Caslav Brukner, University of Vienna, and Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (photo by Fetzer Franklin Fund)

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09:30-09:45 Discussion

09:45-10:15 Locality and quantum mechanics

Professor William G Unruh FRS, University of British Columbia

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10:15-10:30 Discussion

11:00-11:30 Operational locality

Dr Lidia del Rio, ETH Zurich

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11:30-11:45 Discussion

11:45-12:15 Rebuilding quantum thermodynamics on quantum measurement

Dr Alexia Auffèves, Institut Néel CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes

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12:15-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-17:00

Quantum information and applications

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Professor Reinhard F Werner, Leibniz University of Hannover

13:30-14:00 What is macroscopic quantum information and can it exist?

Professor Barbara Terhal, Delft University of Technology

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14:00-14:15 Discussion

14:15-14:45 Quantum information versus black hole physics

Professor Samuel L Braunstein, University of York

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14:45-15:00 Discussion

15:30-16:00 Towards a quantum internet: applications and challenges

Professor Stephanie Wehner, Delft University of Technology

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-16:45 From quantum foundations to applications and back

Professor Nicolas Gisin, University of Geneva

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16:45-17:00 Panel discussion: future directions

Foundations of quantum mechanics and their impact on contemporary society The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK