Thursday, October 6, 2016
4:00 pm

Physics Research Conference

Quantum Crystals, Quantum Computing and Quantum Cognition
Matthew P.A. Fisher, KITP/UC Santa Barbara

Quantum mechanics is down to earth - quite literally - since the electrons within the tiny crystals found in a handful of dirt manifest a dizzying world of quantum motion. Each crystal has its own unique choreography, with the electrons entangled in a myriad of quantum dances. Quantum entanglement also holds the promise of futuristic Quantum Computers - which might be comprised of electron and nuclear spins inside diamond, or of atoms confined in traps, or of small superconducting grains, among a plethora of suggested platforms. In this talk I will describe ongoing efforts to elucidate the mysteries of Quantum Crystals, to design and assemble Quantum Computers, before ruminating about "Quantum Cognition" - the proposal that our brains are capable of quantum processing.

Contact Sheri Stoll sstoll@caltech.edu at 626-395-6608
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