Illuminating the Quantum World
Professor Edward (Ted) H. Sargent
University of Toronto
When we shrink sizes into the millionths of a centimetre, matter violates
Newton’s familiar laws of classical mechanics. It behaves instead
in the mysterious and fascinating ways of quantum mechanics. Nanophotonics
exploits the interaction of these novel nanoscale phenomena with waves
of light. Ted Sargent will report how Canadian researchers are leading
the way in nanophotonics by tailoring the design of new molecules to applications
in ultra-high- speed photonic communications networks.
The research lies at the crossroads of disciplines that have seen spectacular
breakthroughs in recent decades. Chemists can now control the size, shape,
orientation, and function of molecules from the ground up. Soon network
architecture will incorporate new webs of nanoscale devices to provide
the interactivity demanded by the Internet generation.
The talk will show how Canadian researchers, through international collaborations
among leaders in academia, government laboratories, and companies, are
dissolving the interface between disciplines and between research groups.
They are transforming novel physics into powerful, practical function
by harnessing the natural chemical forces which engender life and matter.
Prof. Edward (Ted) H. Sargent is holder of the Canada Research Chair
in Nanotechnology in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. For more information,
you can visit the Sargent Group web site or view the Annual Report 2001.
Simultaneous translation will be provided.
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
DATE: Tuesday, September 25, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am