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WIU Physics Colloquium November 14

November 11, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University will celebrate the World Year of Physics with the physics colloquium “The Quantum Information Revolution: Einstein’s Legacy” at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Currens Hall 205.

Paul G. Kwiat, Bardeen professor of physics and of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be the featured speaker. He will discuss such topics as quantum interrogation, quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation.

Kwiat has given invited talks at numerous national and international conferences and has authored more than 100 articles on various topics in quantum optics and quantum information, including several reviewed articles. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society.

In 1998, Kwiat was awarded the LANL Fellows Prize for his work on optical studies of quantum information. He has done pioneering research on the phenomena of quantum interrogation, quantum erasure and optical implementations of quantum information protocols. He is a primary inventor of the world's only two sources of polarization-entangled photons from down-conversion, which have been used for quantum cryptography, dense-coding, quantum teleportation, entanglement distillation and most recently, optical quantum gates.

This event is open free to the public. Refreshments will be provided in Currens 210 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Yan Lwin, 309/298-1574.

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