Theoretical Physics

Q&A: Lieven Vandersypen, Quantum Nanoscientist

Apr 07, 2017
Artist impression of two electron spins that talk to each other via a 'quantum mediator'.

Physicist Lieven Vandersypen talks about his new role as co-director and the future of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience at Delft University of Science and Technology.

Frontiers of Technology: Are Computers Finally Going Quantum?

Apr 06, 2017
The chip with the electrical contacts used to create the quantum dots. (Source: Tim Baart)

The race to build the world’s first quantum computer is heating up. A string of new investments from tech industry heavyweights like Microsoft, Intel and Google could finally create a winner. We asked three physicists—Lieven Vandersypen, Shohini Ghose and John Martinis—to estimate the odds.

Spotlight Live: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light (Transcript)

Apr 29, 2014
BICEP2

The Kavli Foundation hosted a Google Hangout so that four preeminent astrophysicists could discuss this question. Read a modified transcript of the discussion.

Spotlight Live: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light

Apr 14, 2014
Spotlight Live: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light

John Carlstrom, Walter Ogburn, Michael Turner and Abigail Vieregg talk about the first hard evidence that the universe swelled from microscopic to cosmic size in less than the blink of an eye.

KIPAC Special Colloquium: 'Swirls from the Big Bang'

Mar 18, 2014
BICEP2

SLAC and Stanford scientists, many from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), are at the center of the exciting new results of cosmic inflation and will be holding a special colloquium to celebrate on Wednesday, March 19 from 3:00-5:30pm PDT on the SLAC campus.

2014 Annual Meeting Communicating Science Seminar

Mar 06, 2014

Seminar from the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting, shares science communication expertise in working with different types of content, across a range of formats, for various audiences. The session was separated into three videos, with each video relating to engagement with one of these audiences:  journalists, social media and public events.

Spotlight Live: Falling Into a Black Hole

Sep 09, 2013
Black hole

On September 25, Noon-12:50 PDT, Raphael Bousso, Juan Maldacena, Joseph Polchinski and Leonard Susskind (Stanford University) answer questions about the latest theories about what happens when matter falls into a black hole,.

Spotlight Live: Black Holes & Our Cosmic Evolution

Sep 05, 2013
Black hole

Billions of years ago, a subset of galaxies in the relatively young universe were producing new stars at a rate of 1,000 per year. 

Black Holes Revisited

Sep 05, 2013
Black hole

Andrea Merloni, Priyamvada Natarajan, Tommaso Treu and John Wise discuss the latest findings about black holes, including new questions about how supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies came into existence.

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