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Physics Colloquium – “Introduction to Quantum Computing”

December 4 @ 4:00 pm

Eliot Kapit and Zhexuan Gong

CSM Physics Department

Abstract: Quantum computers have the potential to render today’s supercomputers obsolete and propel breakthroughs in material science, chemistry, finance, and defense capabilities. In the first half of the talk, we will introduce how a quantum computer works and how to build a quantum computer in practice at a basic level. We will also mention the major types of problems quantum computers can solve faster than classical computers. However, numerous practical challenges, including (but not certainly not limited to) random environmental noise, have thus far kept quantum computing out of practical reach. In the second half of the talk, we will describe the current academic and industrial thrust in quantum computing to address these challenges. These efforts include quantum annealing (an “analog” method of quantum computing which can succeed in the presence of random noise) and schemes for quantum error correction.

Berthoud Hall 241


December 4
4:00 pm
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Berthoud Hall
1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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