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An Introduction to Quantum Computing

Carl Williams
Physics Laboratory, Atomic Physics Division

Tuesday, March 23, 2004 15:00-16:00,
NIST North (820), Room 145
Tuesday, March 23, 2004 13:00-14:00,
Room 4550

Abstract: This talk will provide a general introduction to quantum computing with a focus on the capabilities of quantum information and the relations between classical and quantum processing. No knowledge of quantum mechanics will be required and some care will be taken to provide a broad mathematical introduction to the standard notation used in the quantum information literature since subtleties underlie this notation. Toward the end of the talk I will take you through several simple quantum circuits to show some of the strange things that can happen when the quantum world rules your computer logic.

Speaker Bio: Carl J. Williams is a physicist in the Quantum Processes Group, Atomic Physics Division, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His research activities involve ultracold atomic collisions, Bose-Einstein condensation, and quantum information. His work in the quantum information arena currently focuses on neutral atom quantum computing including quantum gates, generalized quantum architectures, and quantum cryptography. He is the coordinator of the NIST Quantum Information Program ( Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1987, joined NIST in 1998, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and was awarded the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2003 for his leadership of the NIST Quantum Information Program.

Presentation Slides: PDF

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