Joint Annual Meeting of the Austrian Physical Society and the Swiss Physical Society
Beschreibung: with Austrian and Swiss Societies for Astronomy and Astrophysics
September 3-6, 2013, Johannes Kepler University Linz
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CONFERENCE:
PUBLIC LECTURES (free admission):
Tuesday Sept. 3, 19:15 HS1:
Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT Using Nanostructures toward Achieving Energy Sustainability
An introduction will be presented in setting the context of the world energy outlook as we look into
the future global energy needs. Thermoelectricity has played a small role on the energy scene in the
past, but with an increase in the thermoelectric conversion efficiency, thermoelectric materials are
likely to play an increasing role in the future. Because of the special ability of nanomaterials to show
a dependence of materials properties on size, it is possible to control properties in low-dimensional
materials systems that cannot be independently controlled in bulk materials. Such independent con-
trol is especially promising for nanostructured thermoelectric materials and this promise will be fur-
ther discussed. Finally, we show recent work using other new concepts to achieve an enhancement
in the performance of thermoelectric materials giving more confidence toward the possibility of a
sustainable future energy supply.
Wednesday Sept. 4, 20:00 HS 1:
Serge Haroche, Collége de France (Nobel Prize 2012) Manipulation of single quantum systems
The founders of quantum theory assumed in "thought experiments" that they were manipulating
isolated quantum systems obeying the counterintuitive laws which they had just discovered. Techno-
logical advances have recently turned these virtual experiments into real ones by making possible the
actual control of isolated quantum particles. Many laboratories are realizing such experiments, in a
research field at the frontier between physics and information science. Fundamentally, these studies
explore the transition between the microscopic world ruled by quantum laws and our macroscopic
environment which appears "classical". Practically, physicists hope that these experiments will result
in new technologies exploiting the strange quantum logic to compute, communicate or measure
physical quantities better than was previously conceivable. In Paris, we perform such experiments by
juggling with photons trapped between superconducting mirrors. I will give a simple description of
these studies, compare them to similar ones performed on other systems and guess about possible