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Dr. Rajarshi Roy

Department of Physics, University of Maryland

October 4th, 3:30 PM

Thirkield Hall (Physics), room 103


Seeing the Light: Photons, Complexity and Randomness

Seeing the light is no simple task – it is accomplished with a complex system consisting of our eyes and brain, which we are only beginning to understand in a rudimentary way.  This is certainly good news – there is so much interesting science left to do and so many interesting discoveries to make, experimentally and theoretically.   We will look at a few examples to illustrate these points, the highly interdisciplinary nature of the problems, and tools needed to begin to unravel them.   We will conclude with a description of experiments to probe the transition from randomness to determinism in a simple optical feedback system, entropy production and random number generation.


Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm