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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

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