The Relativistic Quantum World

The Relativistic Quantum World

14 September 2017

07:30-09:30

(1) The Principle of Relativity / (2) Lorentz Contraction and Time Dilatation

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The Relativistic Quantum World

Marcel Merk,
Research Physicist Nikhef, Professor Free University Amsterdam

Thursdays 14, 21 and 28 Sept, and 5 and 12 Oct – 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2

This lecture series of ten 1-hour lectures on five evenings will focus on the central concepts of two theories, while keeping mathematics to a minimum. The first part deals with Einstein's theories of special and general relativity, culminating in the recent discovery of gravitational waves. The second part includes the counter-intuitive concepts of quantum mechanics and their interpretation: the relativistic quantum world is fundamentally different from our macroscopic world. The last evening we will end with and overview of elementary particle physics and recent discoveries of the LHC collider at CERN.

The individual lectures:
(1) The Principle of Relativity / (2) Lorentz Contraction and Time Dilatation (14 Sept.)
(3) Relativistic Paradoxes / (4) General relativity and gravitational waves (21 Sept)
(5) The early Quantum Theory / (6) Feynman's double slit experiment (28 Sept.)
(7) Wheeler's delayed choice experiment / (8) Quantum Reality (5 Oct)
* (9) Particle Physics: Antimatter and Higgs in Colliders / (10) Particle Physics: Antimatter and Higgs in Cosmology (12 Oct)

21 September 2017

07:30-09:30

(3) Relativistic Paradoxes / (4) General relativity and gravitational waves

28 September 2017

07:30-09:30

(5) The early Quantum Theory / (6) Feynman's double slit experiment

05 October 2017

07:30-09:30

(7) Wheeler's delayed choice experiment / (8) Quantum Reality

12 October 2017

07:30-09:30

(9) Particle Physics: Antimatter and Higgs in Colliders / (10) Particle Physics: Antimatter and Higgs in Cosmology