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
  Carl J. Williams (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  Content-Level: 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 state-of-the-art 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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