Professor Stuart Adams
Head of Quantum Light and Matter
Department of Physics, Durham University

We’re delighted to welcome Professor Stuart Adams back to the Café for what promises to be a fascinating evening. Professor Adams brought props with him in April to illustrate his talk Looking at the Sun to Quantum Computing.

Stuart says – In 1822 Joseph Fourier described the question of the Earth’s temperature distribution as one of the most important and most difficult of all science. Two hundred years later, Fourier’s question remains as important and fascinating as ever. But bizarrely, until this year, Fourier’s question was not addressed in the Durham Physics Undergraduate curriculum. In this talk I will focus on why I wanted to change that and what I think university undergraduates, and the Cafe audience, need to know.

About our speaker:

Stuart Adams studied physics at Hertford College, Oxford University. He obtained a Masters by Research from McMaster University in Canada followed by a PhD from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. After post-doctoral work in Germany and the US, he began a research group at Durham in October 1995. His main interests are in experimental quantum optics, in particular light-matter interactions in strongly-interacting atomic systems. He was awarded the Thomson Medal by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in 2014 and the Holweck Prize by the French Physical Society and IOP for pioneering work on quantum optics.