Markus Sigrist
Quantum Physics for Pedestrians
by Prof. Dr. Markus Sigrist.
Everybody will leave with a clear idea of what quantum physics is all about.
December 12, 2008

Max Planck (1858-1947) German scientist, founder of quantum mechanics.

Quantum Physics for Pedestrians

Quantum Physics is a rather abstract topic. In this talk I shall present the main concepts of Quantum Physics and its impact on our current understanding of nature by discussing specific examples such as black-body radiation, photoeffect, “light” in general, as well as some basic atomic and molecular physics.
The talk is addressed to a layperson audience and some physical thoughts will be illustrated by an experimental demonstration.

Markus Sigrist (1948),
studied physics at ETH Zurich. He received his PhD degree from ETH in 1977. After a postdoctoral stay at the University of California in Berkeley in 1979 /1980 he returned to ETH and became a Professor for Physics in 1996. He spent sabbaticals as guest professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1994 and at the Université du Littoral at Dunkerque, France in 2003. He heads the Laboratory for Laser Spectroscopy and Sensing at ETH and is involved in teaching and in several research projects in the fields of laser development and spectroscopic applications in trace gas sensing for environmental, industrial and medical applications.