HMC Physics Colloquium

Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460

Carlton M. Caves

University of New Mexico

Quantum Computation: Why, What, and How

Oct. 12, 2004

The traditional view of quantum mechanics as restricting what can be done classically has been turned upside down by quantum information science, which explores how coherent quantum-mechanical information processing can be used to accomplish tasks that would be impossible in a classical world. Implementing quantum information processing protocols promises to be one of the enduring scientific and technological challenges of the 21st Century. I will focus on quantum computation: why it’s important, what is required to make it work, and how it might be implemented in physical systems.