The tiniest possible sound
The Institute of Physics and the University of Wolverhampton are pleased to host Dr. Sánchez Muñoz, from the University of Oxford, for an Evening Lecture addressed to the general public.
The talk will start at 19:30 with refreshments served from 19:00. It is free and open to all audiences (no age restriction).
Vibrations permeate and impact our existence at all possible levels, from the gentle sound of a morning bird to the dramatic consequences of an earthquake. Our sensorial perception of vibrations, sound, has shaped our relationship with Nature and within ourselves, propelling our evolution through the ability to speak and ultimately leading to one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of artistic expression: Music. Now, after two million years of human history, our ability to perceive vibrations has finally escaped from the tight confines of our senses. Recent technological progress is bringing us closer to the perception of the tiniest possible form of vibration—the phonon—living in the realm of quantum mechanics. In this lecture, Dr. Sánchez Muñoz will present the current scientific efforts toward the realization of quantum sound, and discuss the consequences that this will have in our everyday life and, ultimately, in understanding our place in the universe.
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