Sir Anthony Leggett Lecture Series 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nobel Prize winner returns to IQC

The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is pleased to host Associate Member and Scientific Advisor, Sir Anthony J. Leggett of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for another lecture series this summer, open to the public.Dr. Leggett's lecture series entitled, "The Physics of Topological Quantum Computing: Selected Topics" builds on last year's course which will be recapped in the first one or two lectures.

Dr. Leggett will address various questions related to the physical (as distinct from the algorithmic) aspects of the effort to build a topologically protected quantum computer.Possible topics include:

  • The meaning of two-dimensional: how meaningful is it in real life, and what are the consequences of its partial failure?
  • The current evidence for and against the Pfaffian. identification of the v=5/2 FQHE state
  • Possible ansätze for the many-body wave function of a (p+ip) Fermi superfluid, and their consequences for the viability of TQC in this system
  • The nature of Majorana fermions and their relation to ground state entanglement

Dates:

  • Thursday, June 4th
  • Tuesday, June 9th
  • Tuesday, June 16th
  • Thursday, June 18th
  • Tuesday, June 23rd
  • Thursday, June 25th
  • Tuesday, June 30th
  • Thursday, July 2nd

All lectures run from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Research Accelerator Centre (RAC) 2009.

Snacks and refreshments will be available following each lecture. If you require transportation from the University of Waterloo's main campus, please call (519) 888-4567, ext. 33072 to book a free shuttle to the RAC building.


About IQC: Founded in 2002, the mission of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) is to aggressively explore and advance the application of quantum mechanical systems to a vast array of relevant information processing techniques.

A part of the University of Waterloo, IQC creates a truly unique environment that fosters cutting-edge research and collaboration between researchers in the areas of computer, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences.

At the time of this release, IQC has 18 faculty members, 20 postdoctoral fellows and over 65 students and research assistants, as well as a support staff of 13.

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