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The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction

July 30, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Coordinators

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
Location
Joint Quantum Institute
2136 Physical Sciences Complex
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 29 through Saturday, August 1. Participants will be housed on the University of Maryland campus, with breakfast and lunch provided at the workshop; evenings will be free to allow participants to explore the Washington, DC area. Limited funds may be available to support travel to and from the workshop.
 
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 6 through March 20, 2015, and acceptance decisions will be made around April 1, 2015.
 
Below is the schedule, which may change slightly as the workshop nears. 
  
July 30, 2015
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
M. Hafezi
Superposition, entanglement, Bell's inequality, hidden variable
2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Coffee break
2:15 PM to 3:00 PM
P. Hess
Technology: ion traps
3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
E. Goldschmidt
Technology: photonics
3:45 PM to 5:00 PM
JQI lab tours
July 31, 2015
Time Speaker Name Title
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
C. Monroe
Quantum communications and teleportation
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Coffee break
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
A. Childs
Quantum computation
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Discussion
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
T. Porto
Superfluidity and superconductivity
2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Coffee break
2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
S. Eckel
Technology: ultracold neutral atoms
3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
Reactor tour
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
S. J. Gates
Dinner: Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville
August 1, 2015
Time Speaker Name Title
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
J. Williams
Technology: advanced materials, topology
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Coffee break
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
R. Sundrum
Ask Us Anything (quantum gravity, blackhole , string theory etc )
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Discussion
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
A. Stairs, Organizers
Interpretations of quantum mechanics and final remarks

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