Understanding Physics!



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Public Physics Lectures for the Interested Public

The public physics lectures are targeted towards interested lay persons and are offered by the Department of Physics in collaboration with RWTHextern.

No special knowledge of physics is required for the "Understanding Physics!" lecture series. Physics experiments will be conducted during some of the events.

The events will be moderated by Professor Dr. Christopher Wiebusch and Professor Dr. Christoph Stampfer.

Admission to these events is free of charge. Registration is not required.

When? Saturdays
Where? Lecture Hall H03, C.A.R.L., Claßenstraße 11
Time 11am to 12:30pm
Language German


Saturday, November 16, 2018, 11am

Gravitational Waves – News of the Violent Death of Distant Stars

Prof. Achim Stahl, Institute of Physics III B, RWTH Aachen University

In 2015, the two American LIGO telescopes were the first observatories to detect gravitational waves emitted by the collision of two black holes. An even larger and more sensitive telescope is now being planned in Europe in the hope of being able to look much further into the universe. This so-called Einstein telescope might be built in the South Limburg region between Aachen, Liège and Maastricht, as the geological conditions here are particularly suitable. The lecture will present the project and the new insights that physicists expect from its implementation.


Saturday, November 23, 2019, 11am

What's new at CERN? Findings from the World's Largest Particle Physics Laboratory


P.D. Dr. Daniel E. Bürgler, Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich and Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA-FIT)

Quantum mechanics can explain a number of observations that cannot be reconciled with our everyday experiences. For example, systems can actually be in multiple states simultaneously or one measurement can affect a second measurement at another location seemingly without any connection. These behaviours, which initially seem impossible, can much better be tested now in the laboratory and ways of deriving practical benefit from them are being developed. This is also the effect the quantum computer is based on. It promises to be able to tackle some previously unsolvable computing problems. The lecture illustrates the basic principles of quantum computing and gives insight into the current state of research.