The winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics meets with students from Hanoi

About 400 attendees came to enjoy the public conference “Topological Quantum Matter, Entanglement and the Second Quantum Revolution”, held on July 19 in Hanoi University of Science and Technology (USTH). The event was moderated by Professor Duncan Haldane, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Professor Duncan Haldane during the July 19 conference at USTH.

The amphitheater at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (USTH) was packed on Tuesday 19 July. About 400 attendees came to enjoy the public lecture entitled “Topological Quantum Matter, Entanglement and the Second Quantum Revolution” (Topological quantum matter, entanglement and the second quantum revolution), moderated by Professor Duncan Haldane, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.

For about two hours, Professor Duncan Haldane described his discoveries about quantum topology, which led to him winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016 and enabled the emergence of amazing new scientific research results in quantum physics and created a new revolution in this field. These new scientific research findings could lead to new techniques, including the construction of quantum computers…

Professor Jean-Marc Lavest, Principal Chancellor of USTH, will speak at the conference on July 19 in Hanoi.

At the opening of the conference, Professor Jean-Marc Lavest, senior rector of USTH, said that the institution is an international university that is gradually building its network of experts in Vietnam and expanding beyond ASEAN. According to him, it is a great honor to welcome a Nobel Prize winning professor to USTH and it is the first time that the school has received a scientist of this magnitude.

According to him, this public lecture by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics born in 1951 at USTH will send the message to young people that basic science is the basis of great technological revolutions.

Let us be sure that Professor Haldane’s participation will inspire new generations of researchers. Finally, I would like to thank Professor of Physics Trân Thanh Vân, President of the association +Rencontres du Vietnam+, who initiated the idea of ​​this event.“, he pointed out.

Duncan Haldane was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize together with John M. Kosterlitz and David J. Thouless for their “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions in matter”. “Their discoveries have enabled progress in the theoretical understanding of the mysteries of matter and created new perspectives for the development of innovative materials”wrote the Nobel Foundation.

For Florian, a biologist working in the field of antibiotic resistance, and under international volunteer contract at USTH for two years, this public conference is an excellent initiative on the part of USTH to benefit students with a wide variety and give them the chance to briefly discover Duncan Haldanes career and research.

In addition, it is very inspiring to meet a Nobel laureate in person and benefit from his advice on building a career as a researcher and aiming for the most prestigious prize in the world of scientific research. . According to him, it requires preparation, a lot of persistence and a little bit of luck!

Although Professor Haldane’s research into topological quantum matter and entanglement (entanglement) is not directly related to my work, as a scientist it is important to have an open mind and to be interested in everything, even in fields that are very different from our own. This provides overview and can help find solutions to problems through different approaches that you would not have thought of at first glance.“, specified Florian. And to add: “It is therefore very important to cultivate a thirst for discovery throughout life, and this is done, for example, by participating in conferences or scientific meetings. And so, who knows, one day quantum physics may also offer explanations for microbiological phenomena?

With Professor Haldane’s pedagogy, quantum topology has become comprehensive for everyone”shares Dieu Trang, a former student of the Polytechnic Institute of Worcester in the US, who attended the event at the invitation of her friend. “I think every person can take a useful lesson after they have had the opportunity to listen to Duncan Haldane,” she added.

The event as a whole 400 participants.

The conference is one of the events included within the framework of the 18is “Vietnam dating” for the topic “Topological quantum electrons interacting personally” (Topological quantum electrons interacting personally) and responds to the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.

The event will be broadcast live to the French-speaking community on the Zoom platform thanks to the help of the Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF). It is organized by the International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE), Vingroup Innovation Fund (VINIF), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Natural Sciences (Hanoi National University).

An identical meeting was held on July 13 at the University of Quy Nhon, in the central province of Binh Dinh, bringing together more than 600 teachers, students and science enthusiasts.

Four professors at USTH

The arrival of Professor Duncan Haldane brought up to four the number of scholars who have given scientific lectures at USTH since its founding in 2009. This lecture by Professor Duncan Haldane was preceded by a seminar entitled “What is Chinese Universality? (What is Chinese Universality?) by Professor Anne Cheng from the Collège de France took place in October 2018.

In April 2019, Professor Marc Fontecave, international specialist in bioinorganic chemistry, led the seminar “Application of chemistry to solve energy problems”. He currently teaches at the Collège de France in Paris, where he directs the Laboratory of Chemistry of Biological Processes. Also in April 2019, it was the French anthropologist Philippe Descola from the Collège de France who came to present his work “Connecting environmental sciences and natural anthropology”.

Established in 2009 by intergovernmental agreement between Vietnam and France, the University of Sciences and Technologies of Hanoi (USTH), or Vietnam University – France, trains students according to the Bologna process, under the leadership of the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology and supported by a consortium of 40 French universities and research organisations.

Text and photos: Câm Sa/CVN

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