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From Einstein to Wheeler: wave-particle duality for a photon MP3

IQC's Quantum Frontiers Distinguished Lecture Series presents Alain Aspect, professor at Institut d'Optique in Palaiseau, France. Since the early days of quantum mechanics, as emphasized in Feynman's lectures on physics, interference between spatially separated trajectories of a single particle has not ceased to fascinate physicists. I will present experiments realized with a true single photon source, which have allowed us to emphasize the weirdness of the concept of wave particle duality, at the root of the quantum revolution of the early 20th century. Download the audio on Voisins.

David Jerison nominated for next AMS President

August 16, 2021 — WAVE PI and MIT's own David Jerison is nominated to become the next president of the American Mathematical Society. Read Professor Jerison's nomination.

Enabling the next generation of organic solar cells

August 11, 2021 — Researchers, including WAVE's Sir Richard Friend, have discovered a new and faster way in which organic materials redistribute sunlight energy, which could enable the next generation of organic solar cells to convert sunlight into electrical power and help in the battle against climate change. View Science Daily or Renew Economy for the full research article.

Larger overview on Anderson localization — Antione Julia

May 25, 2021 — WAVE Postdoctoral Student Antoine Julia will present May 25 at 9 a.m. PST / 11 a.m. CST / 5 p.m. BST / 6 p.m. CEST and give a larger overview on Anderson localization. Enter the Zoom.

Bruno Poggi recipient of the 2021 School of Mathematics Outstanding Thesis Award

May 20, 2021 — WAVE's Bruno Poggi recently received the 2021 University of Minnesota School of Mathematics Outstanding Thesis Award. This fellowship award comes with $1000 in recognition of Poggi's achievements. On behalf of the Simons Collaborations on Localization of Waves, we congratulate Bruno on having the most outstanding thesis!

WAVE Graduate Students Successfully Defend Ph.D. Thesis

April 8, 2021 — WAVE Graduate Students Perceval Desforges and Tyson Loudon successfully defended their respective Ph.D. theses. Desforges defended his thesis on the "Analysis of the spatial and spectral structures of localized eigenfunctions in Anderson models through the localization landscape theory." Desforges will also be joining Advestis, a company developing maching learning-based software. Several days later on April 16th, Loudon was able to do the same for his thesis entitled "Lanczos approximation of joint spectral quantities and applications." Please welcome WAVE in congratulating both individuals on their achievements. You can view both profiles on our Collaboration and Affiliated Scientists page.


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Atos to Participate in France’s National Strategy on Quantum Technologies

WAVE P.I. Alain Aspect is on the Atos Advisory Board that will be leading the efforts—he is also mentioned. Dec. 4: HPC WireGlobal Security Mag;

Atos Announces Q-Score Metrics for Assessing Quantum Performance and Superiority

WAVE P.I. Alain Aspect is on the Atos Advisory Board that made the decision. Dec. 4: HPC WireGlobal Security Mag;

2020 French Electricity Ampère Prize winner: Guy David

The 2020 Ampère de l'Électricité de France prize is awarded to Guy David, a professor in the mathematics department of Orsay, at the University of Paris-Saclay. Nov. 24: Institut de France;

Pushing Photons

UC Santa Barbara researchers continue to push the boundaries of LED design a little further with a new method that could pave the way toward more efficient and versatile LED display and lighting technology. WAVE P.I. Claude Weisbuch, collaborator Guillaume Lheureux, and consultant Shuji Nakamura are leading this research. July 16: The Institute for Energy Efficiency

At $23.7M, largest NSF grant in university history to renew Brown’s math institute

The grant, which is the largest NSF award in Brown’s history, will support ICERM’s cutting-edge research and education programming for the next five years. WAVE
Consultant Jill Pipher (Brown’s vice president for research and a mathematics professor who served as ICERM’s founding director) is quoted. July 14: Mirage

World’s first electric digger wins MacRobert Award for UK engineering innovation

The Royal Academy of Engineering has today announced JCB’s electric digger (19C-1E) as the winner of the 2020 MacRobert Award, the most prestigious prize for UK engineering innovation. WAVE P.I. Sir Richard Friend was quoted as part of the awards panel that made the decision. July 9: FE News

UV Lights the Way

Materials scientists work on the semiconductors that could transform how we disinfect surfaces, spaces, personal protective equipment — even the air we breathe. WAVE P.I. James Speck and WAVE Consultant Shuji Nakamura are leading the research. June 25: UCSBIEE;

The "parents" of wavelet theory, winners of the Princess of Asturias Research

The contributions of WAVE P.I. Yves Meyer, WAVE Consultant Terence Tao, as well as, Ingrid Daubechies and Emmanuel Candès have fueled momentous advances in countless fields, such as communications and medicine. June 23: LNETelesantander;

Pushing Photons

Metasurface design methods can make LED light act more like lasers. Wave P.I. Claude Weisbuch and Wave Consultant Shuji Nakamura contributed to this project. View full article here.

WAVE P.I. Douglas Arnold to give "Distinguished Lecture in Natural Sciences" via Zoom at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Titled "Wave Localization and its Landscape," the meeting will be held on Zoom (ID: 955-626-784; PIN: 667844). On April 11th, Arnold will focus on major strides made in recent years based on the introduction of the landscape function and its partner, the effective potential. View the full event website here.

The first Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves Annual Meeting kicks off in NYC

February 20, 2020 — The Annual Meeting brings together world leading mathematicians and physicists whose work illuminates profound connections between disorder, geometric complexity, and the behavior of waves, or harnesses recent advances in mathematical analysis for important applications in physics involving wave localization.  Organizers Svitlana Mayboroda (University of Minnesota) and Marcel Filoche (Ecole Polytechnique)  have established an exemplary panel of speakers who will show how the collaboration has built bridges from harmonic analysis to cold atoms or nitride-based LEDs, and from the geometric measure theory to transport in organic semiconductors.  We look forward to discussions and cross-fertilization of ideas between scientists of a wide variety of backgrounds. Follow @SimonsWave on Twitter for more research highlights and visit the Annual Meeting website for more information

Quantum computer: the first quantum teleportation between two silicon chips has been successful

January 06, 2020 — Silicon-based quantum chips could allow the exploitation of well-known industrial production techniques with conventional silicon chips to massively produce quantum computers of the future. Wave P.I. Alain Aspect is mentioned for his pioneering discoveries regarding quantum entanglement. Read more about this new discovery in the full news article.


Atos boosts quantum application development through the creation of the first Quantum User Group

December 12, 2019 — Following on from the 6th meeting of its Quantum Scientific Council, Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, announces that it is continuing to enrich its quantum development ecosystem, through the creation of a global User Group of the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM). WAVE P.I. Alain Aspect will serve on this global User Group and lend his insight to the new formation of minds. Read the rest of the article on GlobeNewswire.

Dr. Douglas Arnold to give Erwin Schrödinger lecture at University of Vienna

November 25, 2019 — On Monday, December 16, Simons Wave Collaboration P.I. Douglas Arnold will be address those in attendence at the University of Vienna. In a talk titled 'Wave localization and landscape,' Arnold will touch upon  the puzzling phenomenon of wave localization and the talk will focus on major strides made in recent years based on the introduction of the landscape function and its partner, the effective potential. Read the full abstract on the poster image, attached to this page, or learn more about the lecture on the Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics website.

First C2N Colloquium: Alain Aspect for the Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (C2N) Palaiseau

October 11, 2019 — WAVE P.I. Alain Aspect's presentation will be the first of a series of Colloquia C2N, organized around the coming of great scientific personalities. It will address a wide audience, and will have for theme: from Einstein's questions to quantum information. Aspect will present "A New Quantum Revolution," to read more about this talk, visit the Unidivers website.

Mathematicians Luis Caffarelli and Douglas Arnold To Speak in Baylor Lecture Series in Fall 2019

September 16, 2019 — Luis Caffarelli and Douglas Arnold are the speakers in, respectively, the thirteenth annual Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics and the twelfth annual Baylor Undergraduate Lecture Series in Mathematics; both will speak this fall on campus. Professors Caffarelli and Arnold are internationally recognized for their fundamental research in mathematics. See the full article detailing the event on the Baylor website.

Simons Wave Collaboration research featured in Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics

September 3, 2019 — "Hidden landscape of an Anderson insulator" which is authored by five Simons Wave Collaboration principal investigators is published in the acclaimed Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics. It is one of the featured research articles for the August editions. You can see the listing and the publication on the Journal Club for Condensed Matter Physics website.

Wave Principal Investigator Dr. Alain Aspect to be panelist in Quantum Computing Business Conference

June 4, 2019 — Dr. Alain Aspect to join several high level speakers at Q2B, a quantum computing business conference. He will be joined by "Philippe Grangier, Antoine Petit (CNRS), Maud Vinet, Nicolas Sekkaki (IBM), Thierry Breton (Atos) and Vern Brownell (CEO of D-Wave) and representatives of Rigetti, IonQ, Zapata Computing, Atos, Microsoft , Quandela, LightOn, Vericloud, Airbus, Total and EDF." If you would like to read more about Q2B or it's host, Bpifrance, please visit the FrenchWeb Magazine website. If you would like to read directly about Q2B, please visit the Q2B website.

John Simons Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship to 168 diverse individuals

April 16, 2019 — Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, Principal Investigator for the Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves Dr. David Jerison was the only researcher to be awarded the Fellowship in the Mathematics division. You can see the current list of Guggenheim Fellows on the John Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Website or download the full list here.

Wavelets and Beyond - A Celebration of Alexandre Grossmann and Yves Meyer

June 12, 2019 — Alexandre Grossmann and Yves Meyer contributed to the foundations of wavelet theory and their applications. This conference will celebrate their research on wavelets and, more broadly, the many scientific fields they have explored: theoretical physics, harmonic analysis, signal and image processing, sciences of the universe, geophysics, mathematical biology. Join, as we pay a scientific and friendly tribute to the memory of Alexandre Grossmann, who left us on February 12, 2019. For more information visit the event website.

Sir Richard H. Friend discusses back-contact perovskite solar cells

February 9, 2019 — Interdigitated back-contact (IBC) architectures are the best performing technology in crystalline Si (c-Si) photovoltaics (PV). Although single junction perovskite solar cells have now surpassed 23% efficiency, most of the research has mainly focussed on planar and mesostructured architectures. The number of studies involving IBC devices is still limited and the proposed architectures are unfeasible for large scale manufacturing. Here we discuss the importance of IBC solar cells as a powerful tool for investigating the fundamental working mechanisms of perovskite materials. We show a detailed fabrication protocol for IBC perovskite devices that does not involve photolithography and metal evaporation. To watch the interview or read the transcript, visit the SciVPro website.


Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques October workshop featured physicist Dr. Alain Aspect

November 27, 2018 — This October, Nokia Bell Labs and its Distinguished Academic Partner, Paris Saclay University, held an inaugural joint workshop with The Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES). The partnership of Nokia Bell Labs with IHES focuses on excellence in the field of mathematics. More information about the talk can be found on the NOKIA Bell Labs Event page.

Ad Honorem Yves Meyer

November 26, 2018 — Yves Meyer was awarded the 2017 Abel Prize. His work has impacted mathematics in a broad and profound way. Perhaps even more importantly, he has led a broad, multifaceted, worldwide network of research collaborations of mathematics with music, chemistry, physics, and signal processing. He has made seminal contributions in a number of fields, from number theory to applied mathematics.  Yves Meyer's work is featured in the Notices of the AMS and more.

New efficiency record set for perovskite LEDs

November 5, 2018 — Researchers at the University of Cambridge have set a new efficiency record for LEDs based on perovskite semiconductors, rivalling that of the best organic LEDs (OLEDs). Sir Richard Friend's group at the University's Cavendish Laboratory continues to make waves by setting a new efficency record for LED's, rivalling that of the best organic LEDs (OLEDs). Read more on the Science Daily website.

Dr. Douglas Arnold to speak at Brown University

November 1, 2018 — The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) is hosting a "Celebrating 75 Years of Mathematics of Computation" conference at Brown University from November 1-3, 2018. Wave Localization Principal Investigator Dr. Douglas Arnold will be speaking about how the "Mathematics of Computation meets Geometry" late into the last day of the conference. Read more on the ICERM website.

University of Minnesota receives federal grant to study disorder in quantum systems

The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received $1 million over the next four years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for fundamental quantum research that will help develop materials that could someday be used in quantum computing. The team, consisting of mathematician Svitlana Mayboroda at the University of Minnesota and materials scientists Jim Speck and Claude Weisbuch at the University of California – Santa Barbara, is one of only 25 nationwide to receive a grant under NSF’s Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering-Transformational Advances in Quantum Systems (RAISE-TAQS) effort that will help enable the United States to lead a new quantum technology revolution. Read the full article on the College of Science and Engineering website.

Researchers receive $8 million to study fundamental science of waves

August 31, 2018 — The University of Minnesota announced today an award of $8 million over the next four years from the Simons Foundation to an international collaboration. The project, called the Simons Collaboration on Localization of Waves, will be headquartered at the University of Minnesota and will bring together top experts from around the world to study the fundamental science of waves. Read the full article on the College of Science and Engineering websiteCNRSPolyTechnique.

The common mathematical structure of noise, diffusion of oxygen and LEDs

July 3, 2018 — Wave Localiztion Principal Investigator Dr. Marcel Filoche writes about the three aspects in which different research fields intervene: harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and geometry. Read the full article on El País.


Mathematicians Tame Rogue Waves, Lighting Up Future of LEDs

August 22, 2017 — The mathematician Svitlana Mayboroda and collaborators have figured out how to predict the behavior of electrons — a mathematical discovery that could have immediate practical effects. Read more in Quanta Magazine.

Alain Aspect: From Einstein to Wheeler

January 1, 2016 — Wave Localization Principal Investigator Dr. Alain Aspect is featured in the Institute for Quantum Computing's Quantum Frontiers Distinguished Lecture Series in 2014. Featured by the IQC, Aspect talks about wave particle duality for a photon and more. Watch or listen to the full talk on the IQC's YouTube channel.

Interviews with great French physicists on the subject of non-separability

January 1, 2016 — Wave Localization Principal Investigator Dr. Alain Aspect is amongst several physicists to speak on the subject of non-separability (quantum entanglement). Watch the full video on The Aristarque Youtube channel.