University council member opens international physics conference

Leading physicists from around the globe are at the University of Sussex this week to discuss the latest developments in atomic and quantum physics.

University of Sussex Council member, Professor Sir Peter Knight, is giving the opening talk today at the International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics.

Sir Peter played an important role in the creation of UK Quantum Technology hubs, a £270 million investment by the government to convert quantum physics research into commercial  products. His talk will explore the topic of "single photons and nonclassicality".

The QUAMP 2015 conference occurs every two years and is being hosted in Bramber House on campus from 1-4 September.

Other speakers include 2012 Nobel prize winner, Professor Serge Haroche, who will examine how real and artificial atoms interact with photons.

Professor Barry Garraway, head of Sussex’s Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO) research group that received £5.5m as part of the government investment, said: “The fact that Sussex is hosting this major conference reaffirms our position as one of the world’s leading centres for quantum physics.

“Our researchers are working on developing devices that could radically change how we measure time, navigate our world and solve seemingly impossible mathematical equations.”

The programme of talks at the conference will cover topics such as quantum technology, quantum information, metrology, ultra-cold matter, atomic and molecular interactions, ultra-fast phenomena, quantum optics and plasma physics.

Posted on behalf of: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Last updated: Wednesday, 2 September 2015