



Session: 
S10: An Introduction to Quantum Information 

Title: 
S10: An Introduction to Quantum Information 

Chair: 
Carl J. Williams (NIST) 

Time: 
Sunday, November 16, 8:30AM  12:00PM 

Rm #: 
43 

Speaker(s)/Author(s): 


Carl J. Williams (National Institute of Standards and Technology) 



Description: 

ContentLevel: 60% Introductory 40% Intermediate 0% Advanced
Abstract: Quantum information is revolutionary paradigm that puts information on a fundamental physical level and is creating a cross disciplinary interaction between physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists. In the popular press, quantum computing is often presented as providing a massive parallel, new computational paradigm for solving computationally intractable problems like factoring. The first half of the tutorial will introduce the audience to the elementary concepts of quantum information and describe how these general concepts and ideas give rise to quantum communication and quantum computation. The second half of the tutorial will then begin with an overview of the stateoftheart in quantum key distribution and the technological breakthroughs and bottlenecks in this rapidly developing field. This will be followed by a similar overview of the much more speculative and longer term problem of building a rudimentary quantum processor including a discussion of the numerous technological problems that must be overcome move from a rudimentary to a scalable quantum processor. The tutorial will then conclude with some remarks on the possible industrial implications of this technology in the hopes of providing a broader technological assessment of why quantum information is truly revolutionary and worth pursuing. 

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