Filming the Quantum World: The Smallest and Most Elusive Constituents of Matter

Sergio Carbajo Professor /UCLA Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering / UCLA Department of Physics & Astronomy / Stanford SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

We will learn about emerging and recent Nobel Prize frameworks for filming the quantum world using unique instruments that orchestrate and capture images of electronic, atomic, and molecular motion in action with unprecedented precision. One of modern science’s most important quests is to understand how the world works at its smallest and fastest constituents, and filming electronic transitions is the hallmark of today’s frontiers in quantum phenomena, which underpins the ability to steward climate change-contributing chemical reactions and constructing future photosynthetic centers as biologically-inspired sources of clean energy.