Events

The winners for the most recent Quantum Shorts film festival was announced on 5 March! The winning and shortlisted films will be screening at live and online events near you. Check the events listing below. Or watch the shortlisted films from the comfort of your home on our website.

 

UPCOMING

ONLINE - 27 April

Online event, 2pm GMT+8, Tuesday, 27 April

Part II of the Quantum Shorts Conversations series is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies, the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS). Hosted by Dr Michael Brooks, the livestream will feature filmmakers Aurél Gábris and Réka Deák (Quing Solomon - Finalist), Nuno Serrão (We are all on the same bus - Finalist), Chris Willoughby (Schrödinger Holmes and the Quantum Crimewave - Finalist), and Jack Davies (Vacation - Runner Up). Scientists David Hutchinson, Director of the Dodd-Walls Centre, and Sally Shrapnel, Chief Investigator at EQUS are the guest panellists for the event.

Tune in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vln8y0kjvgI

 

PAST

ONLINE - 12 February

Live screening, 7pm EST, Friday, 12 February

The Institute for Quantum Computing is organising a live virtual screening of the Quantum Shorts finalists in partnership with Apollo Cinema. The live screening will be hosted by Dr. John Donohue, quantum physicist from the Institute for Quantum Computing, and Dr. Mark Terry, filmmaker and lecturer in the Laurier Department of English and Film Studies. Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=komFuYJY3ZA

ONLINE - 24 February

Online screening, 7 - 8pm GMT, Wednesday, 24 February

Science meets art with a variety of lively interpretations of the occasionally bizarre world of quantum science. In this online event organised by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the United Kingdom, NPL's quantum scientists will introduce quantum science and share thoughts about the Quantum Shorts films. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/quantum-shorts-a-festival-of-quantum-inspired-short-films-tickets-139846983091

ONLINE - 25 February

Online screening and panel discussion, 5pm GMT, Thursday, 25 February

The Centre for Quantum Technologies, QuTech and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme are organising a free online screening of the shortlisted films and a panel discussion. Eminent panellists Director Tim Spiller of the UK Quantum Communications Hub, shortlisting judge and senior researcher Joshua Slater from QuTech, and past Quantum Shorts finalists Noemi Gunea and Grace Lambert will discuss the films and their takes on quantum. The panel will be moderated by shortlisting judge Michael Brooks. Grab your popcorn, find a comfy seat and join us on this quantum journey!

Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gs47O-e1c0

SINGAPORE - whole of February

Screening at ArtScience Museum, Mondays to Saturdays, various showtimes

The Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore has partnered with ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands to show the Quantum Shorts finalists over the month of February. Admission is free. Follow the Facebook events page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/884394449031522/

Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - 19 March

Screening at Otago Museum, Barclay Theatre, as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Friday, 19 March

Our screening partner Otago Museum and scientific partner the Dodd-Walls Centre are bringing you the weird, wonderful, and stranger-than-fiction side of science during Dunedin Fringe 2021! For one night only, catch a live screening of the 10 finalists of the Quantum Shorts film competition. MC'ed by Otago’s own Professor David Hutchinson, the evening will include nibbles, a cash bar, and a panel of physicists from the Dodd-Walls Centre, who will be on-hand to answer questions, unpack and dissect the science, and help you decide what is science and what is fiction. Admission is free. Details at: https://www.dunedinfringe.nz/events/quantum-shorts-film-festival-screening

ONLINE - 6 April

Online event, 7pm GMT+8, Tuesday, 6 April

In the Quantum Shorts Conversations series, the shortlisted and winning filmmakers are joined by scientists for a conversation about quantum physics, filmmaking, and everything in between. This livestream is hosted by shortlisting judge Dr Michael Brooks. Part I will feature filmmakers Trixie Villareal (Buddy Interference - Finalist), Paul and Felix Ratner (Quantum SuperImposition - Finalist) and Akash Meel (Man In A Box - People's Choice Prize), and scientist and shortlisting judge Dagomir Kaszlikowski from the Centre for Quantum Technologies.

Tune in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFE9cJNJa8

 

Quantum Theories: A to Z

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X-ray

In 1923 Arthur Compton shone X-rays onto a block of graphite and found that they bounced off with their energy reduced exactly as would be expected if they were composed of particles colliding with electrons in the graphite. This was the first indication of radiation’s particle-like nature.

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Information

Many researchers working in quantum theory believe that information is the most fundamental building block of reality.

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Hidden Variables

One school of thought says that the strangeness of quantum theory can be put down to a lack of information; if we could find the “hidden variables” the mysteries would all go away.

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Quantum biology

A new and growing field that explores whether many biological processes depend on uniquely quantum processes to work. Under particular scrutiny at the moment are photosynthesis, smell and the navigation of migratory birds.

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Hawking Radiation

In 1975, Stephen Hawking showed that the principles of quantum mechanics would mean that a black hole emits a slow stream of particles and would eventually evaporate.

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Interferometer

Some of the strangest characteristics of quantum theory can be demonstrated by firing a photon into an interferometer

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Tunnelling

This happens when quantum objects “borrow” energy in order to bypass an obstacle such as a gap in an electrical circuit. It is possible thanks to the uncertainty principle, and enables quantum particles to do things other particles can’t.

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Uncertainty Principle

One of the most famous ideas in science, this declares that it is impossible to know all the physical attributes of a quantum particle or system simultaneously.

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Computing

The rules of the quantum world mean that we can process information much faster than is possible using the computers we use now.

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Teleportation

Quantum tricks allow a particle to be transported from one location to another without passing through the intervening space – or that’s how it appears. The reality is that the process is more like faxing, where the information held by one particle is written onto a distant particle.

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Probability

Quantum mechanics is a probabilistic theory: it does not give definite answers, but only the probability that an experiment will come up with a particular answer. This was the source of Einstein’s objection that God “does not play dice” with the universe.

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Josephson Junction

This is a narrow constriction in a ring of superconductor. Current can only move around the ring because of quantum laws; the apparatus provides a neat way to investigate the properties of quantum mechanics and is a technology to build qubits for quantum computers.

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Universe

To many researchers, the universe behaves like a gigantic quantum computer that is busy processing all the information it contains.

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Randomness

Unpredictability lies at the heart of quantum mechanics. It bothered Einstein, but it also bothers the Dalai Lama.

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Schrödinger’s Cat

A hypothetical experiment in which a cat kept in a closed box can be alive and dead at the same time – as long as nobody lifts the lid to take a look.

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Entanglement

When two quantum objects interact, the information they contain becomes shared. This can result in a kind of link between them, where an action performed on one will affect the outcome of an action performed on the other. This “entanglement” applies even if the two particles are half a universe apart.

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Gluon

These elementary particles hold together the quarks that lie at the heart of matter.

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Objective reality

Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics, said there is no such thing as objective reality. All we can talk about, he said, is the results of measurements we make.

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Wave-particle duality

It is possible to describe an atom, an electron, or a photon as either a wave or a particle. In reality, they are both: a wave and a particle.

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Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC)

At extremely low temperatures, quantum rules mean that atoms can come together and behave as if they are one giant super-atom.

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Quantum States

Quantum states, which represent the state of affairs of a quantum system, change by a different set of rules than classical states.

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Gravity

Our best theory of gravity no longer belongs to Isaac Newton. It’s Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. There’s just one problem: it is incompatible with quantum theory. The effort to tie the two together provides the greatest challenge to physics in the 21st century.

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Alice and Bob

In quantum experiments, these are the names traditionally given to the people transmitting and receiving information. In quantum cryptography, an eavesdropper called Eve tries to intercept the information.

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Wavefunction

The mathematics of quantum theory associates each quantum object with a wavefunction that appears in the Schrödinger equation and gives the probability of finding it in any given state.

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Free Will

Ideas at the heart of quantum theory, to do with randomness and the character of the molecules that make up the physical matter of our brains, lead some researchers to suggest humans can’t have free will.

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Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

At CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, this machine is smashing apart particles in order to discover their constituent parts and the quantum laws that govern their behaviour.

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Cryptography

People have been hiding information in messages for millennia, but the quantum world provides a whole new way to do it.

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Sensors

Researchers are harnessing the intricacies of quantum mechanics to develop powerful quantum sensors. These sensors could open up a wide range of applications.

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Qubit

One quantum bit of information is known as a qubit (pronounced Q-bit). The ability of quantum particles to exist in many different states at once means a single quantum object can represent multiple qubits at once, opening up the possibility of extremely fast information processing.

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Act of observation

Some people believe this changes everything in the quantum world, even bringing things into existence.

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Superposition

Quantum objects can exist in two or more states at once: an electron in superposition, for example, can simultaneously move clockwise and anticlockwise around a ring-shaped conductor.

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Clocks

The most precise clocks we have are atomic clocks which are powered by quantum mechanics. Besides keeping time, they can also let your smartphone know where you are.

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Atom

This is the basic building block of matter that creates the world of chemical elements – although it is made up of more fundamental particles.

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Time

The arrow of time is “irreversible”—time goes forward. This doesn’t seem to follow the laws of physics which work the same going forward or backward in time. Some physicists argue that there is a more fundamental quantum source for the arrow of time.

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Bell's Theorem

In 1964, John Bell came up with a way of testing whether quantum theory was a true reflection of reality. In 1982, the results came in – and the world has never been the same since!

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Many Worlds Theory

Some researchers think the best way to explain the strange characteristics of the quantum world is to allow that each quantum event creates a new universe.

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Young's Double Slit Experiment

In 1801, Thomas Young proved light was a wave, and overthrew Newton’s idea that light was a “corpuscle”.

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Reality

Since the predictions of quantum theory have been right in every experiment ever done, many researchers think it is the best guide we have to the nature of reality. Unfortunately, that still leaves room for plenty of ideas about what reality really is!

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Light

We used to believe light was a wave, then we discovered it had the properties of a particle that we call a photon. Now we know it, like all elementary quantum objects, is both a wave and a particle!

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Kaon

These are particles that carry a quantum property called strangeness. Some fundamental particles have the property known as charm!

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Virtual particles

Quantum theory’s uncertainty principle says that since not even empty space can have zero energy, the universe is fizzing with particle-antiparticle pairs that pop in and out of existence. These “virtual” particles are the source of Hawking radiation.

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Zero-point energy

Even at absolute zero, the lowest temperature possible, nothing has zero energy. In these conditions, particles and fields are in their lowest energy state, with an energy proportional to Planck’s constant.

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Maths

Quantum physics is the study of nature at the very small. Mathematics is one language used to formalise or describe quantum phenomena.

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Nonlocality

When two quantum particles are entangled, it can also be said they are “nonlocal”: their physical proximity does not affect the way their quantum states are linked.

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Schrödinger Equation

This is the central equation of quantum theory, and describes how any quantum system will behave, and how its observable qualities are likely to manifest in an experiment.

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Decoherence

Unless it is carefully isolated, a quantum system will “leak” information into its surroundings. This can destroy delicate states such as superposition and entanglement.

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Key

Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a way to create secure cryptographic keys, allowing for more secure communication.

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Planck's Constant

This is one of the universal constants of nature, and relates the energy of a single quantum of radiation to its frequency. It is central to quantum theory and appears in many important formulae, including the Schrödinger Equation.

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Dice

Albert Einstein decided quantum theory couldn’t be right because its reliance on probability means everything is a result of chance. “God doesn’t play dice with the world,” he said.

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Multiverse

Our most successful theories of cosmology suggest that our universe is one of many universes that bubble off from one another. It’s not clear whether it will ever be possible to detect these other universes.

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