Les Amis de l’IHES helps to promote the cutting edge research carried out at IHES as widely as possible. They organise conferences aimed at a broad audience, to introduce current research projects and organise cultural events of a scientific nature.
Les Amis de l’IHES is an association which was created on 8 October 1998 to coincide with the Institute’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Louis Michel was Chairman until he passed away on 30 December 1999; he was succeeded by Marcel Berger, former IHES Director, and by Jean-Marc Deshouillers, professor at the University Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2. Since May 2009, the association has been chaired by Valentin Poénaru who was professor at the Paris-Sud University (Orsay) before retiring.
During the conference, Prof. Alain Aspect (Institut d'Optique) discussed the dual nature of light, which is at the very heart of quantum physics.
On May 23rd, Alain ASPECT (Institut d’Optique and Ecole Polytechnique) gave a talk titled:
«The photon, wave or particle? Quantum weirdness brought to light».,
discussing the counterintuitive wave-particle duality of light.
The conference was followed by a musical interlude.
Bella Schütz (piano) performed pieces by J.S. Bach, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, M. Ravel, A. Scriabin and L. van Beethoven.
Contact: Ingrid Peeters (01 60 92 66 64)