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The Schrödinger Sessions II: Science for Science Fiction

July 28, 2016 to July 30, 2016

Chad Orzel, Union College

Emily Edwards, JQI

Steve Rolston, JQI

Organizing Institutions

Joint Quantum Institute

Sponsoring Institutions

This workshop was made possible by a Public Outreach and Informing the Public grant from the American Physical Society

Joint Quantum Institute
2136 Physical Sciences Complex
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
United States
The Schrödinger Sessions is a three-day workshop for science fiction writers offering a “crash course” in modern physics, to be held at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), one of the world’s leading research centers for the study of quantum mechanics.  We will introduce participants to phenomena like superposition, entanglement, and quantum information through a series of lectures by JQI scientists and tours of JQI laboratories.  We hope this will inform and inspire new stories in print, on screen, and in electronic media, that will in turn inspire a broad audience to learn more about the weird and fascinating science of quantum physics and the transformative technologies it enables.
The workshop will be held at JQI from Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30. Participants will be housed locally, with breakfast and lunch provided at the workshop; evenings will be free to allow participants to explore the Washington, DC area. 
Participants will be selected on the basis of an application asking about personal background, interest, and publication history. We will work to ensure the greatest possible diversity of race and gender, as well as type of media (print, television, etc.), with an eye toward reaching the broadest audience. Applications will be accepted on-line from March 1 through March 20, 2015, and acceptance decisions will be made around April 15, 2015.
Tentative schedule is below.
July 28, 2016
Time Speaker Name Title
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM S. Rolston/C. Orzel
Quantum mechanics basics
10:00 AM to 10:15 AM Coffee break
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM S. Rolston/C. Orzel
Quantum mechanics basics
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Discussion
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM A. Migdall
Superposition, entanglement, Bell's inequality, hidden variables
2:15 PM to 2:30 PM Coffee break
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM I. Spielman
quantum technology
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM JQI lab tours
4:45 PM Peter Shawhan
LIGO talk with Hors d'oeuvres/drinks (lobby of PSC)
July 29, 2016
Time Speaker Name Title
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Chris Monroe
Quantum computation
10:10 AM to 11:10 AM Shelby Kimmel
Quantum algorithms
11:10 AM to 12:00 PM Discussion
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Gretchen Campbell
1:45 PM to 2:30 PM Fred Wellstood
2:30 PM to 3:15 PM Stephen Eckel
Ultracold presentation
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Raman Sundrum
Ask Us Anything (quantum gravity, blackhole , string theory etc )
July 30, 2016
Time Speaker Name Title
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM Chad Orzel
Quantum Applications
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Bill Phillips
Interpretations of quantum mechanics
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Lunch and final remarks