The short answer
What is quantum physics?
Students and faculty from across Harvard explain the basics of quantum physics and why it’s so important.
The long answer
How does it work (and not work)?
“Quantum physics works phenomenally well. By almost any measure it is the most successful scientific theory of all time … but, there is a problem,” says science reporter and astrophysicist Adam Becker.
Lenses and filters are created using techniques that—while refined—have been largely unchanged for centuries.
Metalenses manipulate light at the microscopic level, offering compactness and new functionality that isn’t possible with traditional lenses and filters.
Better credit cards
Researchers created a material that can do many of the things a magnetic strip can do, but without the need for the often-fragile magnetic force.
A process used to find and identify small molecules in biological samples such as blood and urine can struggle to identify molecules that haven’t been catalogued already—the vast majority of them.
So medical researchers and quantum scientists collaborated on a new algorithm for this process that draws from both quantum computing and classical machine learning.
Imagine an un-hackable communications system that could make data breaches a thing of the past. Quantum computing will usher in game-changing innovations in health care, infrastructure, security, drug development, climate-change prediction, machine learning, financial services, and more.
Learn quantum sign language
A collaboration between the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and The Learning Center for the Deaf is developing quantum-related topics in American Sign Language.
Are you as smart as a Harvard quantum scientist?