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CIPS Webcast: "Quantum Computing 2016"

Recording of the CIPS Nov 29th Live Webinar: "Quantum Computing 2016”


Quantum Computing is a technology that is rapidly becoming more accessible to ICT professionals. Once confined exclusively to the realm of multi-million dollar projects, it is now possible for any ICT professional to access time on a small quantum computer. Join David C Mckay as he leads us through an overview of the present state of Quantum Computing, and some of the real-world applications of this emerging technology.

David joined IBM in 2015 as a research staff member in the experimental quantum computing group. Prior to this David was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago in Prof. David Schuster's lab from January 2013 to December 2014 researching circuit quantum electrodynamics. In July 2012 David received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign under the supervision of Prof. Brian DeMarco (co‐supervised with Prof. Joseph Thywissen at the University of Toronto). The main topic of his thesis work was to utilize ultracold atoms in optical lattices to investigate properties of the Bose and Fermi Hubbard models. In particular, at the University of Illinois David performed experiments with a gas of Rb‐87 atoms (a boson) loaded into a 3D optical lattice. This system realizes the physics of the Bose‐Hubbard model, which is a paradigm for strongly correlated lattice physics. One highlight of this work was implementing a fully three‐dimensional spin‐dependent optical lattice which allowed experiments with a lattice‐trapped gas in contact with a gas that does not experience a lattice potential. Part of his thesis work was performed at the University of Toronto (under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Thywissen) where they designed and developed a K‐40 (fermionic) experiment with the goal of resolving individual sites of a 2D lattice using in‐situ fluorescence imaging. K‐40 in a 2D optical lattice realizes the 2D Fermi‐Hubbard model, which is a candidate model for describing the main features of the high temperature superconducting cuprates.


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