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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Quantum Life
Speaker(s): Seth Lloyd
Abstract: Recent experimental evidence suggests that living organisms are using quantum mechanics in a sophisticated fashion to enhance the efficiency of photosynthesis. Bacteria are essentially performing a quantum computation to extract energy from light. I will show how plants and bacteria perform quantum information processing, and will discuss how living creatures engage in all sorts of quantum hanky-panky in their efforts to survive and reproduce.
Date: 03/11/2010 - 7:00 pm
Tech Note: Slides synced 12/06/10
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