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Classical analogues of quantum systems
This talk run by Giovanni Manfredi, held on 17 February 2022, outlined a novel method to emulate quantum evolutions using analogue systems that are purely classical. The classical analogue is made out of a collection of Brownian micro-particles optically trapped by a laser beam and immersed in a thermal bath.
The seminar was jointly organised with the Advanced Technology Institute and the Department of Mathematics.
Quantum Brownian motion for magnets
Theoretical physicist and world expert in the exciting new fields of quantum information theory and quantum thermodynamics, Janet Anders, was the speaker for the quantum Brownian motion for magnets talk on 24 November 2021.
It was discussed how a system-bath Hamiltonian, similar to the Caldeira-Leggett and spin-boson models, can be used to derive a general spin dynamics equation.
In praise of natural philosophy – a synthesis of physics and metaphysics
This in praise of natural philosophy talk, held by Nicholas Maxwell on Wednesday 15 September 2021, discussed the overwhelming case for conceiving, and doing, physics within the framework of aim-oriented empiricism – and its implications for discovery, for quantum theory, for the role of metaphysics and philosophy of physics within physics. If you'd like to find out more about this subject then Nicholas has provided further reading for this.
The physics of can and can’t
Quantum reality: The interpretations of quantum mechanics and the purpose of science
A non-technical introductory overview of the meaning of quantum mechanics from the perspective of the philosophy of science talk took place on Wednesday 9 December 2020 lead by freelance science writer Jim Baggott.
If you'd like to know more then check out Jim Baggott's books.
Is there a physical meaning for the complex harmonic oscillator? Circles theory and quantum mechanics
A seminar on a project that goes back 30 years trying to find a deeper interpretation of the quantum mechanical wave function was held on Wednesday 4 November with speaker Dr Muhammed Sanduk.