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Marcais Presents Nobel Prize Symposium Talk Tom Marcais, senior technology integration specialist, will present this year's Nobel Prize for Physics on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Tom Marcais, senior technology integration specialist, will present the Nobel Prize in Physics awarded jointly to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger in 2022 for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science as part of Washington and Lee University’s annual Nobel Prize Symposium. The talk will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Harte Center, room 128, located in Leyburn Library. 

 The trio’s work focuses on a portion of quantum mechanics called entanglement, a phenomenon where entangled particles remain connected so that actions performed on one particle affect the others from any distance. The experiments of these Nobel laureates were able to definitively demonstrate that entanglement exists and broaden understanding of how it works. Marcais’s presentation will detail how their work has significantly impacted the development of technologies such as quantum cryptography, quantum networks and quantum computing. The talk will be highly interactive, with time for questions and discussion following the presentation. It is free and open to the public.

 The symposium, coordinated this year by Natalia Toporikova, associate professor of biology, features presentations by members of the W&L community who will give background on the individuals who have won this year’s Nobel Prizes and the activities that earned those honors. The work that is being acknowledged with this year’s Nobel Prize was fundamental in the development and evolution of quantum computing, and Marcais was chosen to  present on this year’s winners due to his experience in quantum computing. All sessions are open to the W&L community and the general public.  

 Find more information about the experiments behind the presentation here.