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Jeff Lundeen, University of Ottawa

Seeing is Believing: Direct Observation of a General Quantum State

Abstract: Central to quantum theory, the wavefunction is a complex distribution associated with a quantum system. Despite its fundamental role, it is typically introduced as an abstract element of the theory with no explicit definition. Rather, physicists come to a working understanding of it through its use to calculate measurement outcome probabilities through the Born Rule. Tomographic methods can reconstruct the wavefunction from measured


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Dr. Stan’s Science Circus Returns! and SPS Zone Meeting

Friday April 11: Dr. Stan’s Science Circus returns with edutainment integrating the physics of sound and light into visual effects and music! Room 100 Willamette Hall, UofO Campus, 1371 E13th ave. 8:00PM FREE

Saturday, April 12: Society of Physics Students (SPS) Zone 17 meeting, 110 Willamette Hall. This weekend Stanley Micklavzina (Zone 17 councilor) and The Dept. of Physics will host the annual SPS Zone 17 meeting. Students form SPS chapters in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska (Zone 17) have been invited to participate. Zone 17 Meeting Agenda


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Schofield featured in new LIGO documentary

There is a new, short (20′) documentary film which focuses on the people working at the LIGO Hanford Observatory. I think the interest and audience for the film are both pretty limited, but there is a nice episode at about the 11′ mark which features UO physicist Robert Schofield doing an impromptu demonstration of how pendula provide isolation from noise sources and identifying sources of seismic noise. Link to Film

For those interested, here is an older documentary focusing more on the science of LIGO: Einstein’s Messengers

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