This month's colloquium will be given by Prof. Christopher Monroe, a quantum physicist who specializes in the isolation of individual atoms for applications in quantum information science.
Abstract: Quantum information science exploits the bizarre features of quantum mechanics -- uncertainty, entanglement, and measurement -- to perform tasks that are impossible using conventional means, such as computing over ungodly amounts of data, and communicating via teleportation. I will describe the leading architecture of a scalable quantum computer, based on individual atoms that store and process quantum bits (qubits) of information. I will summarize the development and performance of atomic ion trap systems at both university and industrial settings, including demonstrations of quantum algorithms and simulations that show a path to scaling quantum computers to useful dimensions, and also a high-level software layer that allows autonomy and remote use via a cloud service. I will also speculate on how this system can realistically be scaled to thousands of qubits and beyond with continued improvements in performance.
More information about the speaker: https://www.umdphysics.umd.edu/people/faculty/current/item/348-monroe.html
The hosts of the speaker are Rene Gerritsma and Mark Golden.
Drinks after the colloquium will be served in the foyer of the H-building.