Crosby Seminar Series: Peter Orth

Monday, April 11, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
TRC 122

The Future of Computation: Unleashing the Power of Quantum Computers 

Dr. Peter Orth 
Professor, Iowa State University

The prospects of constructing a quantum computer, which is a computer that operates according to the laws of quantum mechanics, are tantalizing. Such a machine is expected to solve a number of important problems much faster than any classical computer. One important example is the factoring of large integers into their prime factors using Shor's quantum algorithm, which could be used to break commonly used cryptography schemes. While the current technology is potentially decades away from being able to run Shor's algorithm for large numbers, the past few years have brought tremendous progress in our efforts of building a quantum computer. These efforts have culminated in a recent groundbreaking quantum computation by the Google AI team using a 53-qubit digital quantum computer that announced "quantum advantage", yet for a problem of little practical importance. In this talk, I will provide an introduction to quantum computing and explain the underlying concepts that enable the tremendous speedups that are anticipated and observed, and what is required to reach "practical quantum advantage". I will discuss where the technology stands now, what are potential near-term applications, focusing on materials research, and what are future goals in our quest towards the realization of a full-fledged quantum computer. 


Zoom meeting:
Topic: Physics seminars - Spring 2022 
Meeting ID: 933 0167 6020 
Passcode: 126778 




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