Physics and Astronomy Department

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium - The Quantum Physics of an Ordinary Morning, Chad Orzel, Union College

April 30, 2020 1:00 PM–2:00 PM

The Quantum Physics of an Ordinary Morning

Chad Orzel

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Union College

We tend to think of quantum mechanics as an abstract and arcane area of physics that only applies in the exotic situations found in physics labs, billion-dollar particle accelerators, or near black holes. In fact, though, the development of quantum physics has its roots in very mundane, everyday phenomena. In this talk, I'll describe how quantum physics manifests in the kind of situations you regularly encounter in the course of getting up and getting ready to face the day.


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