CPLAS researcher showcases quantum research for World Quantum Day

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Dr Simão João from Imperial College London debuted an outreach demonstraions at world a World Quantum Day celebration recently.

Quantum Pong is an interactive game simulating quantum-mechanical phenomena with a wavepacket, allowing users to manipulate it in real-time using potential wells and fields. It is part of a London Centre for Naoechnology project called Quantum Leaps, that is building innovative demonstrations to explain quantum/nano concepts and technology to young people from underrepresented groups in STEM.

World Quantum Day is celebrated annually on 14 April. This date is chosen because the first three digits of Planck’s constant, the fundamental constant for quantum, are 4.14 x 10^-15 eVs.

Hundreds of people attended the celebration at Imperial College London to learn about the cutting-edge quantum research across the Imperial Centre for Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology and the London Centre for Nanotechnology, a cross-institution initiative that includes researchers from Imperial, UCL and King’s College London.

Professor Sandrine Heutz, Co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and Head of the Department of Materials at Imperial, commented:

“We were incredibly pleased to see so many engaged attendees at our first World Quantum Day celebration. It was a fantastic way to convey quantum concepts in an accessible and relatable manner, which is crucial to the development and adoption of a quantum-enabled future.”