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Baylor Welcomes Renowned Physicist for Physics Colloquium and Lecture

April 12, 2011

Dr. Carlos Stroud, Professor of Optics and Physics and Director of the Center for Quantum Information at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., will present two lectures on Tuesday, April 12, on the Baylor University campus.

The first is a colloquium presentation entitled "Rydberg Electron Wave Packets: the classical limit of an atom" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room E125 of the Baylor Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The second is a public lecture entitled "Quantum Weirdness: Technology of the Future?" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building. The event will be presented by Baylor's Department of Physics and the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science Distinguished Traveling Lectures Program.

Stroud will discuss the "weirdest" part of modern science and how that weirdness may lead to computers being more powerful than any with current technology. It also may lead to communications that are so secure they will be impossible to intercept and a form of teleportation in which the state of a system can be sent instantaneously to a remote site. Stroud will argue that these possibilities derive from three features of quantum physics.

Stroud received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Centre College in Danville, Ky., and his doctoral degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society and has lectured at more than 75 different universities. Since 1998, he has been a distinguished traveling lecturer for the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science.

For more information, visit http://www.baylor.edu/physics/, or contact Dr. Linda Olafsen at (254) 710-2541 or Linda_Olafsen@baylor.edu.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805