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Colloquium: Building a superconducting quantum computer: A better way to play Battleship?

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Andrew Cleland, University of Chicago
When
28 April 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
117 Osmond Laboratory
Contact Name
Nitin Samarth
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Superconducting qubits provide one possible approach to manipulating quantum information, and possibly to building a quantum computer. Superconducting qubits have made tremendous progress over the past few years in terms of single qubit performance and in terms of numbers of interacting qubits. These now rival atomic ions in terms of performance, and provide a much clearer route to large scale implementations. However, very significant challenges remain if these experimental devices are to mature into a deployable technology, in particular due to the need for high fidelity error correction that is a requirement for any applications to “useful” problem solving. I will try to give an overview of the state of the experimental development, and what kinds of problems might be attacked using a quantum computer, both in terms of known algorithms and more broadly in terms of hard problems.

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