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The Physics of Keeping Secrets: A Look Inside the World of Quantum Encryption

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:30pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B30

Speaker Name(s): 

Colin West

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Colorado Boulder
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Saturday Physics Series

Event Details & Abstract: 

For decades, quantum physics has been talked about as the next big source of technological innovation. Some of the most headline-grabbing applications, such as quantum computers, are still in a state of promising infancy. But there are many other quantum technologies which are much closer to real-world deployment. In this talk, we will explore in particular how quantum physics offers radically new ways to encrypt, store, and share secret information, even as quantum computers themselves threaten to undermine our current secret-keeping capabilities.

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