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Special Colloquium

Physics: Matthew P.A. Fisher - A Subatomic Frontier of Brain Research

Piers Coleman

Location:  330W Physics and Astronomy, 126 Frelinghuysen Road and Zoom
Date & time: Wednesday, 10 April 2024 at 3:00PM - 4:00PM

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 03:00pm 

Location: Room 330W, 126 Frelinghuysen Road & Zoom

Speaker:  Matthew P.A. Fisher, UC Santa Barbara

Title: A Subatomic Frontier of Brain Research

Abstract:  The endeavor to construct a laboratory quantum computer has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar undertaking. However, an intriguing question arises: could we ourselves be quantum computers? While maintaining quantum coherence on macroscopic time scales is exceedingly unlikely in the warm wet brain, there is one exception: Nuclear spins. Our strategy is one of reverse engineering, seeking to pinpoint the biochemical substrate and mechanisms that might underpin the hypothetical quantum processing involving nuclear spins. Seemingly, a specific neural qubit and a unique collection of ions, molecules and organelles can be identified. I will present an overview of our (largely experimental) ongoing efforts to delve into this captivating realm of exploration. 

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