SEFS Alumni News Spring 2019

Professor Seamus Davis Inaugural Public Lecture, 6 June 2019

22 May 2019

Professor John McInerney, Head, Department of Physics and Dean of Science, University College Cork, is pleased to invite you to attend the inaugural lecture of Dr J.C. Séamus Davis, Professor of Experimental Quantum Physics.
6.00pm, Thursday 6 June 2019 Boole Lecture Theatre 3, UCC.
Followed by a reception in the Aula Maxima, North Wing.
Please reply to by 27 May 2019. 

Relatively soon we will reach the limit of computing power attainable by conventional technology and, to progress further, it is expected that we will have to employ quantum technology (QT). Global information technology corporations are investing intensively in a race to achieve QT dominance. This emerging second quantum revolution promises truly transformative advances in science, industry, economy, and society.

Professor Séamus Davis' world-leading joint research agenda, with University College Cork and the University of Oxford, is at the frontier of the second quantum revolution. QT devices are designed to operate using exotic new quantum materials. Advanced experimental techniques are required for the design, discovery and analysis of these materials. In this regard, direct visualisation of quantum matter at the atomic scale is one of the most powerful and impressive new methods.

In this lecture, Professor Davis will describe the development of several innovative techniques that allow perception of atomic, electronic and magnetic quantum matter, and show how to use them to visually and acoustically explore previously unseen and unheard quantum states. Finally, he will explore the implications of the capability to visualise quantum matter for fundamental physics research, and for emerging quantum technologies.

Obtaining a BSc in Physics at UCC in 1983, Professor Davis would go on to become a global leader in the field of quantum matter. For the past 10 years, Professor Davis was the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University and Senior Physicist at Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a fellow of the prestigious US National Academy of Sciences. In 2005 he was awarded the Fritz London Memorial Prize, the greatest honour in low-temperature physics, and in 2009 he was awarded the Kamerlingh Onnes Prize, named for the Nobel Laureate who discovered superconductivity. In 2016 he was a recipient of the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal. Professor Davis's new research program at UCC is supported by SFI through its Research Professorship programme and an Infrastructure Award.


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