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New Electron Beam Lithography equipment at Quantum NanoFab

The Quantum NanoFab is used by many researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) to build new quantum structures for study in their labs. It is a cleanroom laboratory that uses technologies from the microelectronics industry in order to enable the fabrication of a variety of experimental quantum devices. As the Quantum NanoFab’s resident process engineer I would like to talk briefly about electron beam lithography in general and our new JEOL JBX-6300FS electron beam lithography tool in particular.

Stories from the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true. What they don't tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up.

 -Edward Bloom in Big Fish

What I left with from RQI-N 2016

The IQC recently hosted a conference on Relativistic Quantum Information (RQI). My research falls within this field, which is a relatively-new, but quickly-expanding field which exists at the intersection of quantum information and relativity. By utilizing tools from these fields, RQI provides insights into the nature of gravity and the structure of spacetime, as well as how relativity can affect quantum information tasks.

When quantum correlations need a helping hand

Imagine you have a box with some switches and knobs, which displays a message on its screen every time you press the big red button that says "press me".

My experience with the IBM Quantum Experience

On Tuesday, June 7, 24 students attending the Undergraduate School for Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP) at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) used the IBM Quantum Experience to test algorithms that they were learning about in the classroom.

This was the first time that the platform was used as an educational tool in a classroom. Here's what one student, Michael Wolfe, an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, had to say about the experiment:

What you can expect from RQI-N 2016

The decade of the 2000s has seen the birth of the fast-growing field of Relativistic Quantum Information (RQI). RQI brings together the two pillars of modern physics, general relativity and quantum theory, with information theory. Results in the field of RQI range from new insights into the laws of Nature (e.g., black hole physics and cosmology) all the way to concrete applications in quantum computing and quantum-secured communication.

Tomography turns out to be harder than expected

Recently, I had a very interesting discussion with Joel Klassen, one of the PhD students here at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). He's been working on a problem that is closely related to that of quantum marginals.

Anyone can understand quantum mechanics - Part 3

On the left Walter White from Breaking Bad. On the right: Heisenberg in front of a blackboard full of equations

Before we begin, HAVE YOU WATCHED THE VIDEO “ANYONE CAN QUANTUM”??? Paul Rudd, Keanu Reeves, Stephen Hawking, Quantum Chess, Quantum Physics for Babies, and even tardigrades: this video has it all!

Detecting Gravitational Waves. Can Quantum Mechanics Help?

Massive bodies warp spacetime

Secrets can be very hard to keep. The thought of having to wait five months to be able to talk about what is arguably the biggest scientific discovery in a century is incomprehensible. But for every member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC), it was absolutely essential that nobody let the cat out the bag (or should that be box?).

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.

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Educational programs

QKD - Quantum Key Distribution Summer School

USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

QCSYS - Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students

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