David Wineland, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner for physics, will speak at the University of Colorado on April 1 as part of the annual George Gamow Memorial Lecture.
Wineland, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a CU adjoint professor, will deliver a free lecture called "Quantum Computing and Schrödinger's Cat" at Macky Auditorium. The talk, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and honors late CU physicist George Gamow, is open to the public.
His talk will include a discussion of the development of quantum computing and "superposition," an idea included in Erwin Schrödinger's 1935 mental puzzle. In it, an imaginary cat is simultaneously alive and dead in a box until it is observed, when it becomes one or the other.
Wineland was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on measuring and manipulating individual quantum systems.