Schrödinger Lecture 2012 on youtube
11. Sep 2013 — The 2nd lecture of the "Erwin Schrödinger Distinguished Lecture Series" by Prof. Ignacio Cirac on "Quantum Physics: A source of mysteries and applications" is available as Video on Youtube.
“Quantum Physics has revolutionized the way we perceive nature. The extraordinary experimental and theoretical progress experienced during the last few years has not only established the wide validity of such a theory, but also has shown that it can be exploited to perform certain tasks which are impossible in our macroscopic world. In this talk I will superficially review the basic concepts of Quantum Physics that give rise to some of its mysteries, and explain several of the potential applications. I will also review current experimental efforts to build quantum computers, communication systems, or quantum money and credit cards.”
Prof. Dr. Ignacio Cirac has been Director of the Theory Division of the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching since December 2001. His main areas of research are the theoretical description of atomic systems interacting with light, as well as the development of a theory of Quantum Information. His work was recognized by many international prizes, he is honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich since 2002, is Associate Editor of Review of Modern Physics and a Founding Managing Editor of Quantum Information and Computation. Prof. Cirac is a correspondent member of the Spanish and Austrian Academies of Science, and Fellow of the American Physical Society. He also has an honorary doctorate from the Universities of Castilla-La Mancha and Politecnica de Catalunya.