I’m heading home from the March meeting, after giving my talk this morning and then having a nice lunch with graduate (and one undergraduate) students at a “Meet the Experts” lunch. Yeah, somehow I slipped by the guards! Luckily a real expert was there, in the form of Paul Kwiat, so all was good and the students didn’t learn anything to disastrous. “What I learned at the March meeting” below the fold.
Things I’ve learned at the APS March meeting:
- There are a lot of physicists. Even if you don’t count the particle and nuclear and gravitational physicist who have their own meeting. Oh, and they are easily identifiable walking down the street in New Orleans.
- Many of the male versions of this species, the physicist, are losing their hair. This makes it even easier to spot them. Should it worry me?
- Circuit QED has Rabi vacuum splittings which are off the chart in the line width to splitting ratio. Cavity QED groups must be spinning in envy.
- For experimentalists, “not working” can sometimes me “it didn’t work” but other times it means “it didn’t fix any of our problems, because we had other bigger ones.” (From a talk from an MIT undergraduate. Precocious techers, they are!)
- I always miss the most interesting talks. I missed the talk on the material science of superheros, and on a superconducting qubit based laser.
- The linear optics/cluster state model is a lot like a scene from Wallace and Gromit
(from Paul Kwiat’s talk.)
- People in New Orleans smoke a lot.
- Those who do not believe in a wave function for the universe should be called a-psi-ists.
- The emergence of a space-time like ours from a pregeometry without such a structure was called “geometrogenesis” by Fotini Markopoulou, who swore the word wasn’t so long in Greek.
- John Preskill promised that next time he got mad at me, he would tell me to control-NOT myself (see my talk.)