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April 12, 2017

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be given throughout the day beginning at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM.

Located throughout the Kirkhof Center.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed throughout the day beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. Student presenters will be available for at least one hour next to the poster.

Located in the Henry Hall Atrium and the Grand River Room of Kirkhof Center.

Panels and Live Performances

There will be Panel Presentations and Film & Video Presentations located throughout the Mary Idema Pew Library.

Exhibitions of Art

Beginning on April 2 and running through April 14, 2016, the Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space will host 2-D and 3-D student art.

An artist reception will be held on April 13, 2016 beginning at 5:30 PM.

The Red Wall in Lake Ontario Hall will also have the fishladder exhibit on display.

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Abstract Book

SSD 2016 Abstract Book

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Keynote Lecture: Quantum Computers and Schrodinger's Cat

Dr. David Wineland
7:00 PM
2204 Pere Marquette, Kirkhof Center


As the size of computer logic gates and memory elements approaches the atomic scale, we are forced to deal with the constraints imposed by the laws of quantum mechanics.  However, we now also know that a computer based on quantum mechanics could solve certain problems that are intractable on conventional computers.  Interestingly, if this device could be made on a large scale it would have the same characteristics as Erwin Schrödinger’s famous 1935 hypothetical cat that could be both dead and alive at the same time.  I will briefly relate how our group at NIST became involved in these topics through our experiments on atomic ions, but these experiments only serve as examples of similar work being performed in many other laboratories around the world.

Dr. Wineland works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Boulder, Colorado. He is a 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics.

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Dr. David Wineland

Dr. David Wineland
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Boulder, Colorado