Princeton University Physicist Ali Yazdani will deliver “Hunting for Exotic Quantum Particles under the Microscope,” a public lecture, on Wed., June 28.

Princeton’s Yazdani on Hunting for Exotic Quantum Particles…with a Microscope—June 28
Princeton University Physicist Ali Yazdani, above, will deliver “Hunting for Exotic Quantum Particles under the Microscope,” a public lecture, on Wed., June 28. Photo credit: Princeton University, Office of Communications, Brian Wilson

Princeton University Physicist Ali Yazdani will deliver “Hunting for Exotic Quantum Particles under the Microscope,” a public lecture, on Wed., June 28, 6-7 p.m. at New York University’s School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Tishman Auditorium (40 Washington Square South [between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets]).

The search for exotic quantum particles is typically associated with large particle-colliders, such as the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland that enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson. Yet, another area of physics, known as condensed matter or solid-state physics, now allows scientists to tailor crystals of solids such that exotic quantum particles—“quasi-particles”—emerge inside materials inside a laboratory. Quasi-particles may one day make it possible to build electronic technologies that far exceed the calculating capacity of today’s computers.

Yazdani’s lecture will focus on a class of emergent particles that occur in solids and whose geometric properties remain unaffected by continuous changes in shape or size. In recent years, physicists have found ways to engineer materials to find particles that have not yet been detected in particle accelerators. He will describe how solid-state physics brought about the emergence of such particles and how high-resolution microscopes have been used to detect them.

The event is sponsored by NYU’s Department of Physics’ Center for Quantum Phenomena and NYU’s Dean for Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.992.9500.

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).

 

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