Jentschke Lectures

Every year, DESY organizes a lecture in memory of Professor Dr. Willibald Jentschke (held in English)

DESY Lecture Series in Memory of Professor Dr. Willibald Jentschke. Professor Willibald Jentschke was the founder and first director of DESY in Hamburg and remained in this position until 1970. He laid the foundation for a laboratory playing an outstanding role in research based on accelerators. His knowledge, competence, vision and personality shaped DESY until today. Willibald Jentschke passed away on 11 March 2002, a few months after his 90th birthday. Starting in 2002 DESY will organise annual lectures in memory of Willibald Jentschke.



Lecture 2016
“From Quantum Puzzles to Quantum Information Technology”

2 December 2016
17:45 h
DESY Auditorium


Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger
University Vienna
President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Prof. Anton Zeilinger

Quantum physics provides interesting conceptual puzzles. The basic fundamental ideas in the puzzles include quantum superposition (like in Schrödinger‘s cat), quantum entanglement (called by Einstein spooky action at a distance) and quantum randomness (viz. Einstein‘s comment that God does not play dice). To date, the same fundamental concepts just mentioned led to novel information science concepts and thus

became the basis for the emerging quantum information technology which includes such concepts as quantum teleportation, and quantum computation. The future quantum internet will combine these ideas. It will consist of quantum computers connected by quantum links carrying photons. From a fundamental point of view, fundamental experiments have sharpened our basic questions about the nature of quantum systems.

The Jentschke Lecture marks the highlight of the DESY Science Day. On this festive event DESY welcomes newly appointed leading scientists, celebrates recent scientific highlights, and awards the PhD thesis prize of the Association of the Friends and Sponsors of DESY (VFFD).