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Accion Speaker Series - Prof John Bush on Pilot-Wave Hydrodynamics

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Join Accion Systems for our Speaker Series! We'll hear from experts in industry, venture capital, and technology, and some otherwise awesome people, and then hang out afterwards to mingle and ask questions over drinks and snacks.

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Pilot-Wave Hydrodynamics

This month's speaker is Professor John Bush. Bush is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT. Having completed his BSc in Physics at University of Toronto, he went on to Harvard for his PhD in Geophysics, then the University of Cambridge for postdoctoral research. In 1998, he joined the faculty of MIT, where he is now the Director of the Applied Mathematics Laboratory. His research began in geophysics, but then shifted towards the effects of surface tension driven phenomena, their applications in biology and hydrodynamic quantum analogs.

A decade ago, Yves Couder in Paris discovered that droplets walking on a vibrating fluid bath exhibit several features previously thought to be exclusive to the microscopic, quantum realm. These walking droplets propel themselves by virtue of a resonant interaction with their own wavefield, and so represent the first macroscopic realization of a pilot-wave system of the form proposed for microscopic quantum dynamics by Louis de Broglie in the 1920s. New experimental and theoretical results allow us to rationalize the emergence of quantum-like behavior in this hydrodynamic pilot-wave system in a number of settings, and explore its potential and limitations as a quantum analog.

Past speakers include Bill Swanson, Anders Brownworth, Daisy Robinton, and Neil Mushaweh.

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