Nov 14, 2019 3:45 pm - Nielsen Hall 170 - Colloquium
Mark Saffman - Wisconsin
Scalable quantum computing with neutral atoms

Quantum computing is a few decades old and is currently an area where there is great excitement, and rapid developments. One of the daunting challenges in developing a practical quantum computer is the need to scale to a very large number of qubits. Neutral atoms are one of the most promising approaches for meeting this challenge.

I will describe the current state of play and survey the optical and atomic physics underlying neutral atom qubits and computation. In the near term hybrid approaches that combine quantum and classical processing have the potential for demonstrating useful quantum speedups. I will give an example of such an approach, and its application to dark matter searches.