PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

as a “Physics for Development” initiative in COVID times

The APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) is pleased to announce the PHYSICS MATTERS on-line colloquia series. The main goal of these on-line colloquia as part of the “Physics for Development” program of FIP is to support international engagement for APS among students and early career physicists, targeting developing country audiences, especially in a time when, due to the COVID pandemic, travel is difficult or even impossible.

Watch the PHYSICS MATTERS trailer below

Credits: @CERN, video editor and director: Samuel Hertzog, authors: Paola Catapano and Luisa Cifarelli

The first phase of the PHYSICS MATTERS series took place in the fall of 2020 from November to December, with weekly colloquia. These were pre-RECORDED video colloquia, each made available without registration for several days to ease its access no matter the time zone. All the speakers were asked to talk in a way that could stimulate curiosity and create a flow of ideas that is both educational and interesting to a broad community.
The recordings of the 2020 program can still be viewed from this web page (see below).

In 2021 we plan to continue the PHYSICS MATTERS series with LIVE on-line colloquia that will primarily target and involve some test centers, selected from within the partner countries of the SESAME project (Synchrotron-Light for
Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), a project supported by the APS.

Our goal is however to enlarge the audience in the future to as many developing countries as possible. The live events will be organized in coordination with in-country physics societies and knowledgeable diaspora to ensure good video connections. Of course, they will be also open to all APS FIP members.  

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New Horizons in Quantum Mechanics by Vahid Karimipour
September 30, 2021  
10 am EDT (5 pm Tehran time)

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The lecture will be delivered by Vahid Karimipour (Sharif University of Technology in Tehran). The whole duration will be about 90 min.

Almost 100 years after the final formulation of Quantum Mechanics, new phenomena are appearing in the horizon of the microscopic world, the description of which greatly enhances our understanding of both the formalism and the foundations of quantum mechanics. We also find new ways to harbor quantum phenomena for revolutionizing our technologies in various ways. In this talk, we briefly talk about these developments.

Vahid Karimipour

Vahid Karimipour after getting a degree in Electrical Engineering, got his Ph.D. in Physics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran in 1993 where he has been a Professor of Physics since 2001. His research interests cover theoretical aspects of quantum information, including entanglement theory, quantum channels, reference frames and topological quantum computation. He is an editor of European Physics Journal D, International Journal of Quantum Information, Turkish Journal of Physics, and an outstanding referee of American Physical Society and a Simons Associate of International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

Event co-hosted and Introduction by Mohammad Reza Ejtehadi, President of the Physics Society of Iran

Vahid Karimipour

Mohammad Reza Ejtehadi obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, in 1998. He has worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and in 2004 he joined the Sharif University of Technology, where he has held a professor position since 2013. He applies statistical physics and simulation to various problems in soft matter, complex and biological systems. He has been elected as the president of the Physics Society of Iran since 2016.

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