A kinesthetic exhibit exploring the physics of ultrafast quantum matter.
What can you discover by manipulating time?
Ultrafast Quantum Matter was an interactive, science-inspired exhibit showcasing research conducted by The Kemper Lab at NC State University. It was created by an interdisciplinary team including the NC State College of Design, the College of Science, and The Leading Strand, an initiative dedicated to bringing scientific research closer to the public through visual design.
This exhibit was created to inspire curiosity through physical interaction with phenomena too fast to discern with the naked eye. Visitors explored three increasingly abstract phenomena by slowing down time, a research technique used to answer questions in materials physics.
Physics allows us to study nature’s fastest phenomena. We can discover how movement allows a bird to hover, how sound can generate light, and how atomic particles behave at ultrafast timescales. Physicists use ultrafast laser pulses to produce a sequence of still images every quadrillionth of a second to visualize atomic particles as they move inside matter. Studying the emergent properties driven by quantum mechanics empowers us to create innovative technology by unlocking the mysteries of the world.
The Kemper Group studies the fundamental physics of interacting electrons and atoms at their characteristic ultrashort time scales by modeling and simulating their behavior on supercomputers. In collaboration with experimental groups that use ultrafast laser pulses to capture images of ultrafast chemical reactions, their aim is to observe and understand the quantum physics that determine the properties of matter.