Nanoscience Colloquium - Prof. Anton Zeilinger

Monday 12 November 2018 15:15 - 16:15
Published 2018-10-25 09:19 by Martin Stankovski

Quantum Information and Quantum Communication, Foundations and Prospects

From experiments motivated initially by curiosity concerning phenomena like quantum entanglement, the randomness of the individual event, or Schrödinger's cat paradox, Quantum Information and Quantum Communication have reached a rather advanced level. I will talk about how the concepts studied in early experiments have now found their use. For example, Quantum Cryptography has recently covered Intercontinental distances. Quantum Teleportation has been realized on ground over 150 km and also up to the Chinese quantum satellite Micius. This work lays the basis for a future quantum internet with many nodes connected by glass fibers, free space links and satellites.

Anton Zeilinger, born 1945 in Austria, has held positions at the Technical University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck. He has held visiting positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at Humboldt University in Berlin, Merton College, Oxford and the Collège de France (Chaire Internationale) in Paris. Zeilinger's awards include the Wolf Prize in Physics (2010), the Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the IOP (2007) and the King Faisal International Prize (2005). In 2005, Anton Zeilinger was among the "10 people who could change the world", elected by the British newspaper New Statesman. He is a member of seven Scientific Academies. Anton Zeilinger is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences to whose Presidency he was recently elected. Since 2006, Zeilinger is the vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, an ambitious project initiated by Zeilinger's proposal. In 2009, he founded the International Academy Traunkirchen which is dedicated to the support of gifted students in science and technology. He is a fan of "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, going so far as to name his sailboat after it.