Colloquium, Ivan Deutsch, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNM
Ivan Deutsch, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNM
Thursday, October 4, 2018 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Title: The Second Quantum Revolution
Abstract: The first quantum revolution is about a century old, when we discovered that Newton’s clockwork universe could not explain the atomic world. Quantum mechanics explained the periodic table, observed atomic spectra, and has since been employed to explain the properties the matter and fields at all energies and scales from superconductors to supercolliders. The first quantum revolution fuels our modern technology. But while the backbone of information technology, e.g., lasers and semiconductors, rests on quantum mechanics, the full power of devices governed by the weird laws of quantum physics have yet to been realized. The second quantum revolution, now unfolding, seeks to harness this power to process information in ways well beyond the capabilities of anything we have seen to date. This revolution is carried out within the field of Quantum Information Science, a multidisplinary subject that marries quantum physics with information science. It rests on a foundation of pure and applied mathematics, and new notions in statistics that are critical to our understanding and characterization of quantum information processing. In this colloquium I will give an overview of the field, the importance role of mathematics and statistics, and describe some of my own research relating to quantum control, measurement, and statistical characterization. Viva la revolution!
Ivan Deutsch is Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC). He did his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and joined the faculty at UNM in 1995, when together with Carl Caves, he established the information-physics group, which became CQuIC in 2009. His background is in quantum optics and atomic-molecular-optical physics, with a focus in quantum information theory. His main interests include the control and measurement of quantum systems and understanding how quantum complexity manifests in both the natural world and in the devices we create. Deutsch is a Regents’ Professor, recipient of UNM Annual Research Lecture Award, and Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Contact Name: Pavel Lushnikov