6 May 2022

Mikhail Lukin Explores the “New Frontier of Quantum”

The Harvard physicist will give a series of talks in Munich in May as MCQST Distinguished Lecturer

Renowned physicist Mikhail Lukin of Harvard University will give a series of talks between 12 – 17 May as recipient of the MCQST Distinguished Lecturer Award. The Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) awards this distinction to high-achieving scientists who are committed to communicating their research with the public. Lukin will give three talks targeted to different audiences: a talk for the general public interested in learning more about quantum science, a colloquium for the local scientific community, and a seminar for specialists working in the same field.

On Monday, 16 May 2022, Lukin will hold a public lecture designed for anyone curious about quantum science at the Literaturhaus München. Speaking about the “New Frontier of Quantum Science and Engineering,” Lukin will describe the broad effort by scientists and engineers to build quantum machines that can outperform their classical counterparts. Practical realization of these systems is one of the central challenges in the new interdisciplinary field of quantum science and engineering. Lukin will shed light on recent work towards these goals and the potential practical applications of these technologies, including novel approaches to biomedical diagnostics, magnetic resonance imaging of individual molecules, and improved quantum communication. The event will begin with the Distinguished Lecturer award ceremony and will be followed by a small reception.

Talks by MCQST Distinguished Lecturer Mikhail Lukin:

Specialized Seminar: “Exploring Topological Matter and Lattice Gauge Theories Using Programmable Quantum Simulators”

Thu, 12 May, 2022, 16:40 – 17:10

MPI of Quantum Optics / Online (in-person capacity has been reached)

Registration Required for Zoom link: https://eveeno.com/mikhail-lukin-specialized-seminar

Public Lecture: “New Frontier of Quantum Science and Engineering”

Mon, 16 May, 2022: 19:00 – 20:30

Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1, 80333 Munich (in-person only)

Registration Required: https://eveeno.com/mikhail-lukin-public-lecture

MCQST Colloquium “Exploring New Scientific Frontiers Using Programmable Atom Arrays”

Tue, 17 May, 2022: 14:30 – 16:00

MPI of Quantum Optics / Online (in-person capacity has been reached)

Event page: https://www.mcqst.de/news-and-events/events/mikhail-lukin.html

About Mikhail Lukin

Mikhail Lukin received the Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in 1998. He has been on a faculty of Harvard Physics Department since 2001, where he is currently George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, and a co-Director of Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms and of Harvard Quantum Initiative in Science and Engineering. His research interests include quantum optics, quantum control of atomic and nanoscale solid-state systems, quantum metrology, nanophotonics, and quantum information science. He has co-authored over 400 technical papers and has received a number of awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, NSF Career Award, Adolph Lomb Medal of the Optical Society of America, AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, APS I.I.Rabi Prize, Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics, Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, Charles Hard Townes Medal, and the Norman F. Ramsey Prize. He is a fellow of the OSA, APS, and AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


The Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) is a Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). It brings together over 60 research groups from various disciplines to collaborate on an ambitious research program covering all fields of quantum science and technology (QST). MCQST’s mission is to build a world-leading research center for QST. Its primary goal is to discover and understand the novel and unifying concepts of QST, making them tangible and practical for the development of next-generation quantum devices.

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