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Add to Calendar 10/11/2015 5:30 PM 10/11/2015 5:30 PM Australia/Sydney Cracking the Quantum Code

About the talk

In order to achieve the technology seen in many science-fiction movies, we need to move beyond our current computers which are based on technology first developed over half a century ago. As we approach the atomic limit of Moore’s Law, computers will need to change from silicon chips to quantum processes.

In this public lecture Professor Andrew White will lead you through the progress and the pitfalls of quantum computing and cryptography. He will explain how these machines, which use strange subatomic behaviour, could spark a computer revolution.

About the speaker

Andrew was raised in a Queensland dairy town before heading south to the big smoke of Brisbane to study chemistry, maths, physics. He then moved to Canberra then Germany—completing his PhD in quantum physics—before moving on to Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico where he quickly discovered that there is more than enough snow to hide a cactus, but not nearly enough to prevent amusing your friends when you sit down. Over the years he has conducted research on various topics including shrimp eyes, nuclear physics, optical vortices and quantum computers. He likes quantum weirdness for its own sake, but his current research aims to explore and exploit the full range of quantum behaviours—notably entanglement—with an eye to engineering new technologies and scientific applications.

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Contact Information

Event Manager: Mitchell Piercey
Phone: (02) 6201 9462

5:30 PM November 10, 2015

Cracking the Quantum Code

About the talk

In order to achieve the technology seen in many science-fiction movies, we need to move beyond our current computers which are based on technology first developed over half a century ago. As we approach the atomic limit of Moore’s Law, computers will need to change from silicon chips to quantum processes.

In this public lecture Professor Andrew White will lead you through the progress and the pitfalls of quantum computing and cryptography. He will explain how these machines, which use strange subatomic behaviour, could spark a computer revolution.

About the speaker

Andrew was raised in a Queensland dairy town before heading south to the big smoke of Brisbane to study chemistry, maths, physics. He then moved to Canberra then Germany—completing his PhD in quantum physics—before moving on to Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico where he quickly discovered that there is more than enough snow to hide a cactus, but not nearly enough to prevent amusing your friends when you sit down. Over the years he has conducted research on various topics including shrimp eyes, nuclear physics, optical vortices and quantum computers. He likes quantum weirdness for its own sake, but his current research aims to explore and exploit the full range of quantum behaviours—notably entanglement—with an eye to engineering new technologies and scientific applications.

Shine Dome,9 Gordon Street Australian Capital Territory

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