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Science On Tap

Nov 19, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UnQuarked Wine Room
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM 87544 USA
Ray Newell, Quantum Encryption
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196
Science On Tap

Event Description

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. It begins with an informal 15-minute talk and is followed by a lively group discussion.

Quantum Cryptography: A Radical New Way to Protect Your Data

As computers get faster for us all, they’re also getting faster for those who want to steal your information. As a result, even advanced encryption systems are getting easier and easier to break. Only a giant leap forward will help stem this loss of information. Through years of hard work, such a breakthrough has now taken place at the Lab. As a result, this research has led to a license with the private sector to commercialize the innovative technology.

Raymond Newell, with the Quantum Communications team, will be at the next Science on Tap on Thursday, November 19, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at UnQuarked in Los Alamos. After a short, informal introduction to the topic of quantum cryptography, attendees are invited to ask questions, share perspectives and leave the event with an idea of why this research could revolutionize how our data are kept safe—forever.

“Quantum cryptography is very different from current encryption systems,” said Newell, “because it takes advantage of the fundamentally unpredictable behavior of individual subatomic particles of light [photons]. Just trying to snatch such data results in changes in the data that reveals it’s been intercepted. Right now many organizations don’t even know their information have been breached until it’s too late.”

Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, this series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. Admission is free and open to the general public.