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A Cosmic Test of Quantum Entanglement (Pair-Dependent Properties)

Andrew Friedman, PhD

The concepts of quantum entanglement and “Bell’s inequality,” which this lecture will explaine, have been the subject of controversy in physics. Whether non-quantum explanations of entanglement are valid is one such issue. For the first time, our collaboration using observations of distant Milky Way stars have shed light on this area. Such foundational experiments test some of the basic assumptions that are relevant to whether promising technologies like quantum encryption would really be as secure as many researchers believe. Also at stake is the fundamental nature of reality and whether we truly have perfect freedom to set up our experiments in the first place.

Instructor: Andrew Friedman is a theoretical and observational cosmologist and Assistant Research Scientist at UC San Diego’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. He received his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard University and his BA in Physics and Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. He was previously an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at MIT.

Coordinator: Jerry Kent

Course Number: OSHR-70084   Credit: 0 units


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