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The Second Quantum Revolution

Thursday October 4, 2018
3:30 pm

 Presenter:  Ivan Deutsch, UNM CQuIC
 Series:  CQuIC Seminar / Math Colloquium
 Abstract:  The first quantum revolution is about a century old, when we discovered that Newton’s clockwork universe could not explain the atomic world. Quantum mechanics explained the periodic table, observed atomic spectra, and has since been employed to explain the properties the matter and fields at all energies and scales from superconductors to supercolliders. The first quantum revolution fuels our modern technology. But while the backbone of information technology, e.g., lasers and semiconductors, rests on quantum mechanics, the full power of devices governed by the weird laws of quantum physics have yet to been realized. The second quantum revolution, now unfolding, seeks to harness this power to process information in ways well beyond the capabilities of anything we have seen to date. This revolution is carried out within the field of Quantum Information Science, a multidisplinary subject that marries quantum physics with information science. It rests on a foundation of pure and applied mathematics, and new notions in statistics that are critical to our understanding and characterization of quantum information processing. In this colloquium I will give an overview of the field, the importance role of mathematics and statistics, and describe some of my own research relating to quantum control, measurement, and statistical characterization. Viva la revolution!
 Location:  Room 356, Science and Math Learning Center

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