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Sun., 08/28/2022
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open Day

Quantum computer? The PhoQS would like to welcome you

Location: Gebäude P8, Universität Paderborn
Address: Pohlweg 57, 33098 Paderborn

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Shedding light on light-related science at Paderborn University

On Sunday, 28. August, Paderborn University’s Institute for Photonic Quantum Systems (PhoQS) opened its laboratories, clean rooms and lecture halls in Buildings P7 and P8 to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the context of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the PhoQS invited visitors to take an exclusive look at its quantum technology research. Presentations by PhoQS employees took visitors on a journey to the weird and wonderful world of quanta, where they heard about famous cats, tiny brushes and surprising mathematical possibilities.

Quantum physics is the science of extremely small particles. Even though it is one of the cornerstones of modern physics, it is often seen as mysterious and far removed from reality. Despite this common perception, it already plays an important part in our daily lives: atomic clocks, lasers, global satellite navigation (GPS) or magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) – none of these inventions would have been possible without quantum physics. “We look forward to a colourful programme that will explain the phenomena of quantum physics to primary and secondary school children – as well as interested grown-ups – in easy-to-understand language and encourage them to take part in exciting, hands-on experiments,” said Dr. Benjamin Brecht, Manager of PhoQS.

Besides watching presentations and conducting hands-on experiments, visitors could also take part in tours of the clean rooms and labs or learn more about the possible applications of quantum physics. Childcare was provided for visitors with small children, and there was a coffee bar for refreshments. The Open Day ended at 7 p.m. in Building O with an evening lecture, “Quanta, lasers and computers – small particles for great innovations” by Prof. Dr. Christine Silberhorn, President of the PhoQS, ab.

About the PhoQS

The PhoQS is an interdisciplinary central research facility of Paderborn University. Scientists from various disciplines work together on research into photonic – i.e. light-based – quantum technologies. As such, the Institute is a breeding ground for highly innovative, interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of quantum photonics, informatics, mathematics and electrical engineering. It concentrates on understanding, controlling and monitoring quantum information and communication systems for innovative applications.