Notes from the Editors: Plants Dig Quantum Physics

Physics 7, 19
Join the Physics editors and physicist Seth Lloyd at the March Meeting for a discussion on how quantum coherence allows plants to transport energy efficiently.
MIT
Seth Lloyd is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.

Everyone attending the APS March Meeting in Denver is invited to our annual evening event of pizza, beer, and a great physics talk. This year, we’re pleased to host MIT professor Seth Lloyd, whose talk “Quantum Life: How photosynthetic organisms use quantum coherence to enhance the efficiency of energy transport” will explore how plants and other organisms use quantum physics to their benefit and how human-made systems could reap these rewards.

The event takes place Wednesday March 5th in the Plaza Ballroom ABC at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. Arrive at 7:30 p.m. for pizza, beer, and some pre-talk socializing. Seth Lloyd’s talk starts at 8. Look for Session R48 in the meeting program. For those that can’t make it, we’ll post a video of the talk.

– The Editors


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