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Events on Friday, November 13th, 2020

Wisconsin Quantum Institute
Chicago Quantum Summit
Abstract: We are pleased to invite you to this year’s Chicago Quantum Summit, a virtual event that will be held November 11 – 13, 2020. The Summit will capitalize on the current momentum of quantum efforts across the Chicago Quantum Exchange and the US. The three-day program of half-day sessions will include industry and government presentations on the future of quantum information science and technology, discussions with leaders from the recently announced national quantum research centers funded by DOE and NSF, and dialogue to grow the quantum economic ecosystem.

Due to the virtual format, we anticipate that this Summit will convene a broad audience of more than 1,000 participants, including professional and student representatives from quantum programs across the country spanning universities, national labs, companies, and government agencies. We look forward to your participation in the 2020 Chicago Quantum Summit.

Formal invitations and a program agenda will be sent later in September.
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Graduate Introductory Seminar (Physics 701)
Atomic, molecular, and optical physics research overview.
Time: 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm
Place: BBCollaborate
Speaker: Shimon Kolkowitz, UW Madison Department of Physics
Host: Sridhara Dasu
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Theory Seminar (High Energy/Cosmology)
Two topics in quantum gravity
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Place: For zoom link, sign up at:
Speaker: Oliver Janssen, ICTP, Trieste
Abstract: I will discuss two topics in quantum gravity, both involving the gravitational path integral. In the first part I will introduce the “no-boundary wave function”, a path integral over geometries on compact four-manifolds which solves the Wheeler-DeWitt equation. I will then outline how this object can be computed, and comment on its interpretation, in the scenario of minimally coupled scalar field matter subject to a potential energy function of the slow-roll type. In the second part I will comment on a proposal which identifies bulk gravitational path integrals with ensemble averages of boundary partition functions. This talk is based on 2009.06282 and work in progress.
Host: Lars Aalsma
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Department Coffee Hour
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Abstract: Join us weekly for an informal virtual coffee hour! Catch up with others in the department, tell us how things are going, and impress everyone with your Zoom background skills. Coffee Hour is open to any and all faculty, staff, and students in the department. Sometimes we have a topic, and we'll try to get that topic posted here in advance or sent out by email before each coffee hour.
Host: Department
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