Faculty Lecture Series Concludes with Talk by Frederick Strauch

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 10, 2017—Frederick Strauch, associate professor of physics, will give the final lecture in the Williams College 2017 Faculty Lecture Series titled “Testing Reality with Quantum Physics.” The talk will be held Thursday, March 16, at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow in Schow Atrium.

Strauch’s lecture will explore recent developments in the quest to understand the nature of reality according to the theory of quantum mechanics. He will start his talk with a thought-experiment devised by Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen, who pointed out “curious consequences” of quantum theory that, if true, suggest that reality as we know it must be nonlocal. He will discuss the many experiments, starting from 50 years ago to the present day, that have been performed to test whether reality really is nonlocal. Such experiments, with ever greater sophistication and precision, have produced results in agreement with quantum theory. He will also discuss what this means for the ongoing quest to test quantum reality.

Working at Williams College since 2008, Strauch is a theoretical physicist specializing in the design and study of “artificial atoms” made of superconducting devices operating in the quantum limit at very low temperatures and with very low electrical noise. He also studies quantum computing with ultracold neutral atoms, quantum computing algorithms, and computational and mathematical physics, with the aim of developing methods to efficiently store, transfer, and manipulate quantum information using simple, accessible control protocols. Strauch currently teaches courses in the foundations of modern physics, mathematical methods for scientists, and quantum physics. He holds a B.S. from Loyola College, a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland, and did his postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The Faculty Lecture Series was founded by 1911 by Catherine Mariotti Pratt and the current chair of the series is Keith McPartland, associate professor of philosophy.

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