The exhibition was a combination of an interactive introduction to the world of quantum mechanics and a display of real-life materials science experiments from our labs. Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics illustrated the excitement of research on quantum effects and combined this with “Quantum: The Pop-Up Exhibition” developed by Canada’s Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo. We presented how materials-science works, how quantum-effects are created and handled and how they principally change the concept of computing.
The Discussion started with two introductory talks on Quantum Computing (Dr. John Donohue, IQC Waterloo, Canada) and materials research for quantum devices (Prof. Dr. Henning Riechert, Director Paul-Drude-Institut). The panel of experts (Prof. Dr. Klaus Ensslin (ETH Zürich), Prof. Dr. Henning Riechert (PDI-Berlin), Dr. John Donohue (U. o. Waterloo und U. Paderborn), Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller (U. Rostock / Vice President of the Leibniz Association), and moderation Dr. C. Hucho, PDI) discussed the concept of the exhibition showcasing a combination of two fundamentally different approaches to communicate science.How much translation is necessary to make science accessible? Does Schrödingers Cat really help?