YuQC Speaker Series - Steven Girvin - Yale

Event time: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
High School Students
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Bi-weekly undergraduate-accessible talks from industry and academic leaders.

The Second Quantum Revolution and the Race to Build ‘Impossible’ Computers

Professor Steven Girvin is a Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Yale, and the Director of the Co-Design Center for Quantum Advantage at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Abstract: The first quantum revolution brought us the great technological advances of the 20th century—the transistor, the laser, the atomic clock and GPS, the global positioning system. A ‘second quantum revolution’ is now underway based on our relatively new understanding of how information can be stored, manipulated and communicated using strange quantum hardware that is neither fully digital nor fully analog. We now realize that 20th century hardware does not take advantage of the full power of quantum machines. This talk will give a gentle introduction to the basic concepts that underlie this quantum information revolution and describe recent remarkable experimental progress in the race to build quantum machines for computing, sensing and communication.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is required!