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Quantum Computing w Atoms: 2019 Anson L. Clark Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Location: SLC 1.102

Quantum computers exploit the bizarre features of quantum physics --  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 architecture of a quantum computer based on individual atoms, suspended and isolated with electric fields, and individually addressed with laser beams.  This leading physical representation of a quantum computer has allowed unmatched demonstrations of small algorithms and emulations of hard quantum problems with more than 50 quantum bits.  While this system can solve some esoteric tasks that cannot be accomplished in conventional devices, it remains a great challenge to build a quantum computer big enough to be useful for society.  But the good news is that we don’t see any fundamental limits ahead.

Christopher Monroe is a leading atomic physicist and quantum information scientist.  He demonstrated the first quantum gate realized in any system at NIST in the 1990s, and at U. Michigan and U. Maryland he discovered new ways to scale trapped ion qubits and simplify their control with semiconductor chip traps, simplified lasers, and photonic interfaces for long-distance entanglement.  He received the American Physical Society I. I. Rabi Prize and the Arthur Schawlow Laser Science Prize, and has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences.  He is Co-Founder and CEO of IonQ, Inc., a startup in College Park, MD that makes full-stack quantum computers.

The Anson L. Clark Memorial Lecture series began in the early 1970s and has drawn distinguished speakers to the UT Dallas campus. The lectures honor the memory of Clark, who amassed a sizable fortune throughout a highly unusual and successful career — first as an engineer, then as a physician at the Mayo Clinic, and finally as a businessman in the oil and banking industries. Clark’s philanthropic activities have for many decades supported scholarly endeavors at a number of Texas colleges and universities, including the Clark Summer Research Program and the Clark Presidential Scholarship at UT Dallas.

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to [email protected]. All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.
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Georgetta Oliver, 972-883-6120
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