Quantum theory in space: more than just rocket science

July 27, 2016 11:25 - 12:40 pm


Quantum physics promises a host of new technologies and raises perplexing questions about the nature of reality. Some of its puzzling aspects, such as Schrödinger’s Cat and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, have become part of popular culture. But we are reaching the limits of how precisely we can test quantum theory on Earth. So how can we further probe our most successful and fundamental theory?  The answer may lie in taking quantum physics into the frontiers of space.

Quantum devices on satellites may help us to realise some of the field’s technological dreams, such as a globe-spanning secure quantum internet. We bring together international experts in theoretical and experimental quantum physics who have ambitions to extend their work into Earth’s orbit and beyond.

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