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Launching QUANTUM: The Exhibition

Special guests at the launch of QUANTUM: The Exhibition holding a sign with the hashtag #quantumkw

On August 30, Martin Laforest wrote a blog post about how to create a 4,000 square foot museum exhibition about an invisible science. That exhibition, QUANTUM: The Exhibition, came to life at THEMUSEUM for an invitation-only premiere on October 13, 2016 and then for the general public the next day.

Specialized Quantum Computing

Attendees of the Semi-Quantum Computing workshop in 2016

On August 16-17 we organized (the first1) workshop on Semi-Quantum computing. It was a chance to discuss different approaches towards the first demonstration of a real quantum computational advantage. The approaches are seemingly very different, but many open challenges turn out to be similar.

How do you make a 4,000 square foot museum exhibition about an invisible science?

Artist's rendition of QUANTUM: The Exhibition

Following a PhD in experimental quantum information and a two-year stint as a postdoctoral researcher, I have been fortunate enough to land my dream job. For the last six years, I have been a full-time outreach scientist. My job is to communicate and teach the wonders of quantum information science and technology to a variety of audiences: from high school students and teachers, to undergraduate students, the general public, government officials and members of the high tech industry.

USEQIP students take on the IBM Quantum Experience

Emily Tyhurst

The first time that the IBM Quantum Experience was used as a classroom educational tool was June 7 at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Tomaytos, Tomahtos and Non-local Measurements

A projective measurement of an observable A

One of my discoveries as a physicist was that, despite all attempts at clarity, we still have different meanings for the same words and use different words to refer the the same thing. When Alice says measurement, Bob hears a `quantum to classical channel', but Alice, a hard-core Everettian, does not even believe such channels exist. When Charlie says non-local, he means Bell non-local, but string theorist Dan starts lecturing him about non-local Lagrangian terms and violations of causality. And when I say non-local measurements, you hear ????

QIP 2016

Elk in the winter

Quantum Information Processing (QIP) is a conference held each year about quantum computation and quantum information that brings out a large portion of the quantum computing community. The QIP conference started in 1998, and has continued annually. QIP 2016 marks the 19th gathering of scientists and researchers from around the world to join together and discuss various aspects of this specialized field.

Ask not for which local-hidden-variable-theory the Bell tolls. It tolls for all.

The diagram of the Shalm lab setup

It looks like 2015 is the year of the loophole-free Bell test. Three different papers, with three very different p-values, all claim to put the final nail in the local-realistic coffin. I will compare the designs and results of the three experiments with an eye towards their strengths and weaknesses.[1] The three papers are, in order of experiment completion:

Anyone can understand quantum mechanics - Part 2

Head and tails sides of a Canadian one dollar coin

In Part 1 of this series I made the bold claim that, unlike what famous figures in science seemed to suggest, quantum mechanics is a beautiful and simple theory that is accessible to anyone who is enthusiastic about learning it. In Part 2, I am going to put my money where my mouth is and teach you the basics of quantum mechanics in four short lessons. Sound good?

Before we begin, there are two important points I need to clarify.

LIGHT Illuminated

LIGHT Illuminated graphic including list of sponsors

When I was a kid, I remember watching “Entrapment”, the 1999 movie where Catherine Zeta-Jones crawls through an intricate laser maze to steal a priceless art piece. Assisted by none other than Sean Connery, who plays a notorious thief specialized in international art, she defies the laser security system and returns with the prize. But for me, it was even better.


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