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Meet Dr. Erica Carlson
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As host of The Quantum Age, Dr. Erica Carlson takes you through the ins, outs, ups and downs of the quantum world. Using everyday objects and creative analogies, she makes quantum materials exciting and easy to understand.
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150th Anniversary Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University
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Fellow of the American Physical Society
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PhD in physics from University of California, Los Angeles
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Why Magnets are Quantum Materials

March 14, 2024
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Superconductors and Their Quantum Tricks

January 31, 2024
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Welcome to The Quantum Age

December 15, 2023
Quantum Connections

Quantum Materials for Neuromorphic Computing with Alexandre Zimmers

December 6, 2023
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Graphene Trampolines with Nadya Mason

June 12, 2020
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Quantum Waves are Quantized

June 6, 2020
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Particle Wave Duality

May 22, 2020

find quantum in everything.

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2 in 1

Quantum particles can exist in 2 places at once... or 3 or more. In a quantum movie theater, you wouldn’t have to choose whether to sit in the front row, middle row, or back row - you could sit in all three places at once!

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In the quantum realm, particles are waves and waves are particles. Things we take for granted about how the world works no longer seem to apply, and the line between what is and what is not gets blurred.

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800 trillion hydrogen atoms could fit on the head of a pin. We often think of the universe as immeasurably large. But it’s also extraordinarily small.

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Quantum materials allow us to harness esoteric quantum phenomena like entanglement,  superposition, and exotic new particles for technological purposes. As we create new quantum materials, the possibilities are limitless.

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Innovation in Quantum Pedagogy, Application and its Relation to Culture (IQ-PARC)

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Department of Defense; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

National Science Foundation

The primary support provided by the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Outreach, and Workforce Initiative Programs under Grant No. HQ0034-21-1-0014. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Defense nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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