Pint of Science - Quantum vibe: Nuclear credence
16 May 2018, 7.00 PM - 16 May 2018, 10.00 PM
The Kings Head Whitehall Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7BH
The digital age has lead to a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies, but we are approaching the fundamental limits of technology as we know it. To handle the Internet of Things, big data and AI we need more computing power, better connectivity and better security. An entirely new method of computing will be necessary: quantum computing. But whilst we look to the future, we need to come to terms with the consequences of another age in our past: the nuclear age. How can the technology of today help clean up the technology of the past, the present and the future?
Quantum computing with diamonds and light
Today the basic on/off block of computation in your phone is the size a fingernail grows in a second. However, at this size, weird quantum effects start to overthrow the on/off behaviour. A breakthrough in Bristol has been to repurpose silicon tech for a new type of computation where individual photons, harnessing the weird nature of quantum mechanics, can calculate exciting new problems faster than ever thought possible. Integrated in this device, small nano pieces of diamond capture atom-like defects to switch and control these photons.
Rise of the Nuclear Drones
Peter Martin (PhD student @ The Interface Analysis Centre, Cabot Institute)
How can drones assist with nuclear remediation? Using high-resolution radiation mapping combined with photogrammetry, it is now possible to examine contaminated sites in ever-greater resolution. While not only permitting greater spatial coverage, the use of autonomous systems also serves to eliminate operator dose.
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