From Science Fiction To Reality With Dr. Herman Batelaan

Nov 30, 2012

What is the current status of teleportation, faster than light phenomena, and gravitational shielding? Quantum teleportation, lightning effects such as “Elves”, and levitating frogs have all been in the news, and are effects that are actually observed. They are also related to the ideas that make such science fiction series as Star Trek work. But are the observed effects really related to their science fiction counterparts, or is this all just smart marketing? And what is the current status of the research? The answers are perhaps even more surprising than the fiction.

Herman Batelaan is a theoretical physicist from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Batelaan's research areas include atomic, molecular and optical physics. Batelaan is known for his work in coherent electron control. After earning his PhD from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands in 1991, he held positions at SUNY-Stony Brook, University of Innsbruck, UNL and the Technical University of Eindhoven.


  • A production of Texas Lutheran University Emerging Media
  • Videographer:  Stephanie Bull
  • Sound Technician:  Robert Leija

This Presentation was heard on Texas Public Radio's The Newsmaker Hour December 2nd 2012