QRC Seminar Series: Prof. Iannis Kominis

Sep 19, 2023
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Iannis Kominis

Prof. Iannis Kominis

University of Crete, Greece.

2nd October 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm (GST)

Location - Auditorium 1



Title:The scientific and technological promise of quantum biology
Abstract:In this talk I will introduce quantum biology, the synthesis of modern quantum science & technology with biological systems. As a specific paradigm of this synthesis, I will describe biological quantum sensing using radical-pair reactions, and discuss why such biochemical magnetometers ideally demonstrate the premise of quantum biology. In short, because they realize quantum measurement dynamics, and further, they require measures of quantum coherence for their understanding. I will then present recent work pushing the study of quantum biological effects into the cellular environment. This is achieved by using a fundamental quantum-information concept, the Wigner-Yanase information. We arrive at a sort of “quantum biological uncertainty relation”, which connects the product of a biological resource and a biological figure of merit, with a measure of coherence based on the Wigner-Yanase information. Finally, I will discuss the general scientific and technological outlook of the synthesis quantum+bio.
Bio:Iannis Kominis obtained a diploma in Electrical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens. He received a PhD in Physics from Princeton, and carried out postdoctoral research work at Princeton and Berkeley. He is currently faculty at the Physics Department of the University of Crete.