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15 April 2015

Quantum computers, quantum engineering and quantumness

Presented By Dr Alexandre Zagoskin, Reader in Quantum Physics
  • 1.00pm
  • N.1.12, Haslegrave Building

About this event

Abstract: The fabrication and control of macroscopic artificial quantum structures, such as qubits (Mooij et al., 1999; Nakamura et al., 1999; Friedman et al., 2000), qubit arrays (Johnson et al., 2011; Barends et al., 2014), quantum annealers (Boixo et al., 2013) and, recently, quantum metamaterials (Macha et al., 2014), have witnessed significant progress over the last 15 years. This was a surprisingly quick evolution from theoretical musings to what can now be called quantum engineering [the observation of such phenomena even in a single superconducting device was considered a truly challenging task in 1980 (Leggett, 1980)]. And today, we stand at the point where existing theoretical and computational tools become inadequate for predicting, analysing, and simulating the behaviour of such structures, in which quantum superposition and entanglement play the key role. I will outline the current situation, the challenges and the exciting possibilities.