Inspecting Interference with Lasers (Virtual)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Event Details

A beam of light behaves like a wave, with a electric field that goes up and down hundreds of trillions of times per second. If we let two beams of light meet in just the right way, we can see interference between them as if they were water waves. In this workshop, we’ll use interference and laser light to measure something smaller than a ruler can measure: the width of your hair. We’ll also discuss how interference is a key idea in the theory of quantum mechanics and quantum computing. This workshop will be provided by the Institute for Quantum Computing and The University of Waterloo. 

Picking up the FREE supply kit is required for participation in the program.

About the presenter: John Donohue is the Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing, a research institute at the University of Waterloo. John develops educational materials and events for educators and students of all ages to learn about quantum mechanics and quantum information.

Grades 9-12

Registration is required (one spot per participant).


This virtual program will take place via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing tool that allows people to meet together online. You can use Zoom on a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. Learn more here: ​https://zoom.us/home?zcid=2478

You will receive a Zoom link at least 24 hours prior to the program. You will need this link to join the program. By participating in this program, you acknowledge that you accept and agree to Kitchener Public Library’s ​Safe Use Code

Event Type(s): Teen
Age Group(s): Teens
Central Library
(519) 743-0271 ext. 292

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