Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of New Mexico

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Quantum Supremacy and Its Applications

Presented by Scott Aaronson, University of Texas

In the near future, there will likely be special-purpose quantum computers with 50-70 high-quality qubits and controllable nearest-neighbor couplings. In this talk, I'll discuss general theoretical foundations for how to use such devices to demonstrate "quantum supremacy": that is, a clear quantum speedup for *some* task, motivated by the goal of overturning the Extended Church-Turing Thesis (which says that all physical systems can be efficiently simulated by classical computers) as confidently as possible. This part of the talk is based on joint work with Lijie Chen, https://arxiv.org/abs/1612.05903. Then, in a second part of the talk, I'll discuss new, not-yet-published work on how these experiments could be used to generate cryptographically certified random bits.

3:30 pm, Friday, October 19, 2018
Room 125, Dane Smith Hall
Southwest corner of Las Lomas and Yale, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Refreshments will be available before the colloquium, at 3:15 pm, in the lobby of Dane Smith Hall.

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