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Falling Walls Q&A and Community Session: Physical Sciences

Falling Walls Foundation

Ask the Winners any question in this interactive session

Questions anyone? A matched round of Winners from the category Physical Sciences will answer any questions from the audience. This Q&A-session is moderated.

 

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ROOM 1: EXPLORING EXTREMES

Astrophysycist Sara Seager and deep ocean explorer Samantha Joye both explore life at the extremes - one in the deepest parts of our seas, the other far into the Universe, tapping into the wonders of these intriguing environments that are almost beyond our imagination.

ROOM 2: QUANTUM COMPUTING

Two experts leading the sprint towards viable quantum computing: Kristel Michielsen played a key role in Google's demonstration of quantum supremacy. Andreas Wallraff's work focuses on the experimental investigation of quantum effects in superconducting electronic circuits to improve performance.

ROOM 3: PHYSICS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

Physics solutions towards combating climate change: Walter Leitner sees CO₂ as raw material for green chemistry and uses it as a replacement in the prodution of materials and thereby reducing the carbon footprint. Frank Flechtner monitors global water resources through specially tailored satellite missions and ultra-precise distance measurements, revolutionising the observation of climate-related changes in the Earth system.

ROOM 4: POTENTIALS OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY

The potential of quantum technology is staggering and wide-ranging. Tilman Pfau’s work focuses on atomic, molecular, and optical physics with the aim to control, and understand new phenomena in interacting quantum systems. Arno Rauschenbeutel aims to realise quantum-enabled components for next-generation communication and information technologies, using nanophotonic atom-light interfaces.

ROOM 5: FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS

Breaking the boundaries of pressure and resolution: Mikhail Eremets has advanced the field of materials physics and pressure technology and paved the way to room temperature superconductivity at high pressure to produce valuable and unusual materials. Piet Schmidt's breakthrough is in laser spectroscopy of highly charged ions, crucial for applications such as high precision clocks.

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