Presented is a discussion of quantum field theory on curved spacetime and of microlocal analysis, with an emphasis on the way that these two areas connected for me personally through a specific problem, namely that of resolving Kay's singularity conjecture for two point functions of a linear scalar field on a globally hyperbolic spacetime. A particular case of this conjecture is presented, namely the translation invariant case on flat Minkowski spacetime, which does not require microlocal analysis. Next, the results of Duistermaat and Hoermander concerning distinguished parametrices of the Klein Gordon equation on a curved spacetime are described, since they lead to the notion of a wave front set (or microlocal) spectral condition, which could be viewed as a remnant of the spectral condition on flat spacetime. This condition on the wavefront set of the two point function has been employed by Brunetti, Koehler and Fredenhagen to develop a method of renormalization on a general curved spacetime, which has been developed further by Hollands and Wald. Other QFT-related topics to which microlocal methods may apply are: Lorentz symmetry breaking models and many body QM models (e.g., the free electron gas in a metal). In the case of vector or spinor models, the polarization set may be used to refine information about the singularities. Similarly, the principal symbol of the two point function, viewed as a Fourier integral operator, is a constant times a canonical half density on the natural Lagrangian submanifold associated with the Klein-Gordon operator, suggesting a tangent space Lorentz invariance property for the free model.

I review the contentious question, "Does a uniformly
accelerated detector radiate?" As Audretsch and Muller
pointed out long ago, this is partly a semantic dispute. The
talk draws on recent discussions with Alex Calogeracos and George
Matsas.

The last decade has seen the impressive development of quantum information science, both in theory and in experiment. There are many measures that can be used to assess the achievements in the field: new algorithms, new applications and larger quantum processors, to name a few. The discovery of quantum algorithms has demonstrated the potential power of quantum information.
As pointed out by Bill some years ago, to realize this potential requires the ability to overcome the imprecision and imperfection inherent in physical systems.
Quantum error correction (QEC) has provided a solution, showing that errors can be corrected with a reasonable amount of resources as long as their rate is sufficiently small. Implementing QEC protocols remains one of the most important challenges in QIP.
In the experimental arena, the quest to build quantum processors that could outperform their classical counterparts has led to many blueprint proposals for potential devices based on NMR, electron spin resonance, ion traps, atom traps, optics, superconducting devices and nitrogen-vacancy centres, among others. Many have demonstrated not only the possibility of controlling quantum bits, but also the ability to do so in practice, showing the progression of quantum information science from the blackboard to the laboratory. My presentation will give an overview of some of the recent results in quantum information science on the way to implement quantum error correction. I will show how noise can be characterise efficiently when our goal is to find suitable quantum error correcting codes. I will show demonstrations of control to implement some quantum error correcting codes and finally how can noise be extracted through algorithmic cooling. I will comments on some challenges that need to be solved and a path towards implementing many round of quantum error correction.

In 1981 Bill discovered an analogy between the propagation of fields in the vicinity of
astrophysical black holes and the that of small excitations in fluids. He postulated that this
analogy allows one to test, challenge and verify, in tabletop experiments, the elusive
processes of black hole mass and angular momentum loss. Indeed, 34 years later
analogue gravity experiments are carried out all over the world to implement his idea.
I will first present a brief overview on analogue black hole experiments,
and then discuss in more detail some of my earlier (in collaboration with Bill) and more recent
experimental and theoretical results on the subject.

The problem of the gravitational collapse of small mass in the higher derivative and ghost free theories of gravity is discussed. It will be demonstrated how higher derivative and non-local modifications of gravity equations regularizes static and dynamical solutions. Boosting a static solution of the linearized equations for the gravitational potential of a point mass we obtain a solution for the field of the ultra-relativistic source (gyraton). Using the latter we construct solutions for the collapsing spherical (thin and thick) null shell. By analysing the obtained solutions we demonstrate that for small enough value of the mass M an apparent horizon is not formed for the gravitational collapse of small mass in the higher-derivative and ghost free theories of gravity. We demonstrate that this “mass gap” property is connected with the presence of the UV cut-off in such theories.

The quantum Zeno effect is often very controversial in the context of consciousness problems.
Frequent direct measurements of a quantum system freeze its time evolution.
Then what happes if an observer continuously watches a Schrodinger's cat from the start of the experiment?
Naively this looks like a yes-no measurement of a unstable atom decay, which emits a gamma ray as a trigger of the cat execution.
If so, the continuous cat observation may prevent the ray emission as a Zeno effect. Consequently the cat can remain alive as long as the observation is maintained. However, this is clearly incorrect. In this talk, assuming some natural conditions, we generally prove the impossibility of quantum Zeno effects generated by indirect measurements by the observer's consciousness.
Naively this is a yes-no experiment of a unstable atom decay, which emits a gamma ray as a trigger of the cat execution.
If so, the continuous cat observation stops the ray emission as a Zeno effect. Consequently the cat remains alive as long as the observation is maintained. However, this is clearly incorrect. In this talk, assuming some natural conditions, I generally prove the impossibility of quantum Zeno effects generated by indirect measurements by the observer's consciousness

This year marks the 40’th anniversary of the Unruh effect as described at the first Marcel Grossmann meeting in 1975. We revisit it with emphasis on the observability issue which might be a concern at first sight, since the linear acceleration needed to reach a temperature 1 K is of order 10^20 m/s^2 . We close the talk by emphasizing that the Unruh effect does not require any verification beyond that of relativistic free field theory itself. The Unruh effect lives among us.

I will sketch a few interesting phenomena involving ideal plasmas, including helicity conservation, frozen flux, the Blandford-Znajek mechanism, and self-confined Poynting jets, using the language of differential forms.