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Quantum Computing


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Quantum Computing - How can apparently random atomic states be used for computing by using quantum mechanics?

Date and Time

22 November 2017 - 18:30-21:00


Coventry, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - W.Mids:Coventry&Warks local network.

About this event

Speaker: Dr. Vivien Kendon, Durham University,

Reader in Computational Quantum Information Theory, Durham Atomic and Molecular Physics research section (Atmol), and the Joint Durham-Newcastle Quantum Centre (JQC)

Dr Kendon will outline the current state-of-the-art for quantum computing and predict future developments.


T&C at 6:30pm for the lecture at 7:00pm, networking light buffet afterwards.

Reasons to attend

Google, IBM, and Microsoft have all invested in developing quantum computers: when will we all be able to use them?

Today, the development of actual quantum computers is in its infancy but experiments have been carried out where quantum computing operations were executed on a very small number of quantum bits.

Large scale quantum computers would theoretically be able to solve certain problems much more quickly than any classical computers that use the currently best known algorithms. They should also be able effectively to solve problems that are not practically feasible on even the best and fastest classical computers.

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Additional information

Computers are everywhere: in phones, cars, toasters, on the moon, in orbit, leaving the solar system, running the internet, keeping track of your money, deliveries, the NHS.

Every year we are urged to upgrade to the latest, fastest model.

But what exactly is a computer, and how can we build a really fast one? Quantum physicists are busy designing and testing the next generation of super-fast computers, made from single atoms and exquisitely controlled light.

Dr Kendon will explain what computers are (and are not), how to build a quantum computer, and a few of the things we could do with it, once we have built a big enough one.

Registration information

Not mandatory but please register to help with refreshment planning


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