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Workshop "From Quantum Matter to Quantum Information"

June 24 - 27, 2013

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Conference venue

2356 Main Mall, MacLeod Building , Lecture Hall 202, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, V6T 1Z4, Canada


Theoretical insights such as Shor's factoring algorithm have established the enormous potential of computing technology based on the laws of quantum mechanics. This prompts two questions: ``Can we build a quantum computer?", and, ``Once built, what shall we do with it (apart from breaking crypto-systems)?". As these questions make clear, Quantum Information spans many fields ranging from materials science to computer science and mathematics. In this workshop we will link the progress in solid-state quantum matter with the vision to implement a quantum computer.

Quantum Computation with Quantum Matter. In the last decade, laboratories world-wide explore the unique properties of quantum matter, ranging from individual photons to arrays of Josephson junctions. We will address the following questions:

Also, we may view the understanding of properties of quantum matter an end rather than a means, and ask ``Can quantum computers, even non-universal ones, help us discover novel phases of quantum matter?''

Decoherence. In the real world, quantum systems are never completely isolated, but rather interact with their environment. As a consequence, entanglement in the system is progressively destroyed -- a process known as decoherence. This competition between entanglement and decoherence has an upside: one can fight decoherence by investing entanglement. This leads us to the theory of quantum codes and quantum error-correction. We address the following questions:

Confirmed invited speakers

Contact: Maria Pylaeva /

This workshop is organized jointly by the Quantum Materials Institute of UBC and the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Science Stuttgart, Germany.

Program committee:
Ilja Gerhardt, MPI Stuttgart, Germany
George Sawatzky, UBC Physics and Astronomy
Robert Raussendorf, UBC Physics and Astronomy
Jeff Young, UBC Physics and Astronomy
Joshua Folk, UBC Physics and Astronomy
Takamasa Momose, UBC Chemistry

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