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QUTE.sk – Slovak National Center for Quantum Technologies

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Rudolph Clausius and his legacy today

Colloquium by Prof. Dr. Dieter Meschede

It is steam engines that marked the dawn of industrialization, yielding both benefits and headache causing challenges. Beyond their practical applications, steam engines profoundly shaped our understanding of the physical world. Among the key figures in this transformation was Rudolph Clausius, whose groundbreaking work during the mid-19th century significantly influenced our comprehension of energy and entropy.

Despite his pivotal and broad contributions, Clausius remains somewhat underappreciated in today’s scientific community. His theories, however, serve as the bedrock connecting the microscopic and macroscopic realms, enabling us to control physical and chemical processes across various fields. Clausius was not only a physicist but also an early transdisciplinary scientist, bridging disciplines from physics to chemistry, information science, and economics.

In this discussion, we’ll explore Clausius’s central insights, including his concept of the “motive force of heat” (now known as thermodynamics). We’ll delve into his role within the 19th-century scientific community and draw connections to our contemporary world.

During his visit, Prof. Dr. Meschede will also lead a series of lectures on topic:

The Quantum World – From Experimental Insight to Technology

Prof. Dr. Dieter Meschede

Prof. Dr. Dieter Meschede gained his Ph.D. in 1984 in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Since 1994, he is Full Professor of Physics at the University of Bonn, Germany and between 2018-2020 he was appointed as President of the German Physical Society (DPG). His research interests include the field of atomic, molecular and quantum physics. The so-called “conveyor belt of light” – it moves and sorts individual atoms with the aid of laser beams and radio frequency precision – is one of the outstanding research results of his research group. With the help of this “conveyor belt”, atoms could be used as an arithmetic unit for a quantum computer. This work has received great recognition with an Advanced ERC Grant (DQSIM).

May 15, 2024 at 3PM
Humboldt Club SK
Lectures are free of charge

The project skQCI is funded by the EU Programme DIGITAL and Programme NextGenerationEU from Recovery and Resilience Plan of the Slovak Republic.

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