Friday 15 Nov 2013Colloquium: The power of entanglement: Computation, Phase transitions and the 2nd law

Dr. Janet Anders - University of Exeter

Newman Red 12:00-13:00

Entanglement is a truly quantum property describing the ultra-strong correlations that can occur between quantum objects. I will give an overview of the range of physical phenomena where entanglement plays a central role. These include the violation of Bell's inequality - a testable statement about the nature of reality, and the use of entangled quantum systems for quantum computation and secure communication. Entanglement also marks the establishment of qualitatively different behaviour in condensed matter systems, such as the formation of Bose-Einstein condensates. I will close by exploring the link between information theory and thermodynamics.

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