Williams College Professor Charlie Doret to Present Sigma Xi Lectures

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: Noelle.Lemoine@williams.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 31, 2016—Charlie Doret, assistant professor of physics, will give two Sigma Xi lectures at Williams College on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11. Both lectures will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, and will be followed by a catered reception. They are free and open to the public.

Doret’s first talk is titled “Atoms at Work: Quantum Mechanics, Qubits, and Quool Tools for Research and Technology.” He will discuss how, as our understanding of quantum physics has grown, improvements in technology have increasingly allowed us to see atoms not just as objects to study but as tools with many potential applications. Atoms are increasingly important in new technologies, some of which Doret will present and discuss.

In his second lecture, Doret will present “Quantum Simulation with Trapped Calcium Ions.” Improvements in coherent control over the quantum states of physical systems have given rise to many applications ranging from metrology to quantum information processing. After a broad overview, Doret will discuss ongoing efforts at Williams to build a trapped-ion quantum simulator and describe application of such a simulator to the study of thermal conductivity in nano-scale systems.

Doret received his bachelor’s degree from Williams in 2002, followed by a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard. From 2010-2013, he completed postdoctoral research on quantum information processing with trapped ions at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Ga.  After a year teaching at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., Doret returned to Williams to begin an assistant professorship. An experimental atomic physicist, Doret’s research in quantum simulation involves using atomic ions trapped with electromagnetic fields to emulate the behavior of other physical systems.

Sigma Xi is a national society honoring and encouraging research in science since 1886. The Williams chapter was founded in 1969. It recognizes exceptional graduating students in the sciences each year. The Sigma Xi lecture is a semi-annual event.

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