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Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

John Preskill

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Caltech
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that baffle our feeble human minds. John Preskill will explain why he loves quantum entanglement, the elusive feature making quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world. By exploiting quantum entanglement, quantum computers should be able to solve otherwise intractable problems, with far-reaching applications to cryptology, materials science, and medicine. Preskill is less weird than a quantum computer, and easier to understand.
John Preskill is the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech.