March 25, 2020 – Wednesday Luncheon – Carl J. Williams

Title: Measurement Challenges for Schrodinger’s Cat

Affiliation: Joint Quantum Institute and QuICS National Institute of Standards and Technology


In the early 1900’s, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein and others laid the foundations of quantum mechanics — nature’s instruction book for the smallest particles of matter. Now 100 years later researchers are primed to harvest the fruits of basic research resulting from Quantum Information Science – the confluence of Information Science and Quantum Mechanics – two of the revolutionary developments of the 20th century.  Quantum information scientists have already convincingly demonstrated the long-term feasibility of these new approaches and there are now an emerging number of niche applications, including NIST’s own quantum logic clock as well as revolutionary new approaches to communication and computing.

This presentation will begin with an introduction to Quantum Information Science (QIS).  I will then describe how QIS provides the basis for a set of disruptive technologies which will dramatically change technology and society in the early 21st century and move measurement science to its ultimate limits of what is physically possible.  I will describe how the suite of resulting technologies will revolutionize measurement science and bring zero-chain traceability to the factory floor, the automobile, infrastructure, and consumer applications.   These devices in many cases will not require calibration and will be fit for purpose.  This talk will end with a brief discussion of this emerging field and the quandaries it allows for in measurement science including the ability to a) correct a quantum state only if you learn nothing about the state, b) to make measurements beyond the standard quantum or shot-noise limit, c) to create computers that are more powerful based on the laws of quantum mechanics, and d) to detect individual quanta of light known as photons.


March 26, 2020 – Thursday Luncheon – TBD



March 27, 2020 – Friday Luncheon – Krista M. Robbins

Title: ASTM E20 on Temperature Measurement

Affiliation: ASTM International


Are you looking to learn about standards? The relevance of standards in the world today? How standards are utilized and developed in specific industries? Attend my session to learn more about standards, how they are utilized in the marketplace currently and what standards are being developed for the future.