» AAV Anniversary Conference - Celebrating 30 Years of Weak Values

Chapman University is honored to host a celebratory conference commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first paper on weak values by Aharonov, Albert, and Vaidman (click here to read it). The conference will be held from March 1 - 2, immediately to be followed by another Chapman conference on Quantum Simulation and Quantum Walks from March 3-4, 2018.

Also, note that the March Meeting of the American Physical Society takes place the following week (March 5 - 9) in Los Angeles, CA, which is near Chapman University, providing everybody with a third reason to come visit us in sunny Southern California.

Further details about the aims of the conference follow below:

The concept of a weak value, first formulated by Aharonov, Albert and Vaidman in their 1988 PRL paper "How the result of a measurement of a component of a spin-1/2 particle can turn out to be 100" (PRL 60:1351, 1988) has attracted widespread attention, which has only increased in recent years.  It has given rise to a lot of interesting thought experiments, many of which are now being implemented in the lab.  The mathematical formalism of weak values has also given rise to the related concept of superoscillations, which have been of great interest to mathematical physicists.

In recent years anomalous weak values have been shown to be related to quantum contextuality, and have attracted increasing attention for their possible application to quantum metrology, known as "weak value amplification".

This symposium will survey the development of weak values, and explore the current debates about their foundational significance and practical applications. We are also accepting abstract submissions for contributing talks and poster presentations, and strongly encourage students and young researchers to join us at this conference.

Conference Information

+ - Keynote Speakers

Yakir Aharonov

Lev Vaidman

David Albert

Andrew Jordan

Justin Dressel

Neil Turok

Daniele Struppa

Yuval Gefen

Stephan Sponar

Avshalom Elitzur

Eli Cohen

Ravi Kunjwal

Cai Waegell

+ - Weak Values & Aharonov, Albert, and Vaidman

First published in Physical Review Letters in 1988, How the Result of a Measurement of a Component of Spin of a Spin 1/2 Particle Can Turn Out to be 100 by Yakir Aharonov, David Z. Albert, and Lev Vaidman has helped to revolutionize the scientific community's appreciation for quantum mechanics.

Read it now: How the Result of a Measurement of a Component of Spin of a Spin 1/2 Particle Can Turn Out to be 100

+ - Call for Abstracts - Poster Presentations

The Organizing Committee recommends all poster presentations display at a standard size of 36" x 48". Foam-core boards will be available for pinning/clipping your paper poster to, as well as easels that can accommodate both landscape and portrait orientations (so, please use what's best for the presentation).

Abstracts: Please download and use our .docx template when formatting your abstract submissions. Our template is conveniently available here: Abstract Template.

When ready to submit your abstracts for review, please e-mail them to us at quantum@chapman.edu

Local Information

+ - Hotel Accommodations and Transportation

We have arranged group-discounted hotel rooms at two locations: the ALO Hotel, and the Ayres Hotel. Both hotels are located less than two miles distance from Chapman University, and sit next to each other, side-by-side.

Reserve a room at the ALO Hotel

Reserve a room at the Ayres Hotel

Shuttles will be available to transport attendees from these hotels to Chapman campus every morning, and from Chapman campus back to the hotels every evening.

If you will be driving your own vehicle, please e-mail us at quantum@chapman.edu to receive a campus parking permit.