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Friday, January 24, 2003
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.
[Host: Olivier Pfister]
"Prospects for Quantum Computation"
A "standard model" for the physical implementation of a quantum computer
was laid out some years ago. It indicated a set of capabilities that
had to be achieved to make quantum processing possible: 1) systems with
well-characterized qubits must be constructed. 2) These qubits should be
initializable to the "0" state. 3) It must be possible to control the
one- and two-qubit Hamiltonian of the system, so that unitary quantum
logic gates are enacted. 4) Decoherence and imprecision of gate
operations must be kept very low. 5) Reliable measurements of the
quantum state of individual qubits must be possible. In this talk I
will indicate progress towards these goals, after first reviewing why we
want to do quantum computation.
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