Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
|Researchers from CQP and QE-CDT manning the stand for the first half of the week|
|Team from the second half of the week enjoying the soirée|
|A simulation of the "quantum Christmas tree" produced if you send a quantum object through the Galton board (left) instead of sending a normal ball (right)|
We then demonstrated how quantum mechanics can explore problems in unfamiliar ways. By using a Galton box, we showed how quantum particles will take different routes to those we'd normally expect. By using these properties, we can solve problems such as how to efficiently plan your holiday! Finally, we let the public get their hands on one of the latest quantum devices straight from our lab. By finely tuning on-chip heaters, we can choose which path single particles of light take, allowing us to perform quantum computation.
|CQP researchers explained the importance of their research to Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire|
On two of the evenings, we joined fellows and invited guests at black tie soirées. VIPs included quantum photonics pioneer, Sir Peter Knight, broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili and Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire.
|Eminent science communicator Jim Al-Khalili enjoys learning about Bristol's work in quantum technologies|
Outreach events are fundamental to inspiring the next generation of scientists, and communicating to a general audience the importance of our research. If you would like to find out more about our research visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics/research/quantum/