Physics Department organized a seminar on Quantum Computing, which discussed packing and unpacking quantum information, on Monday Feb 3rd 2020.It was presented by Prof Irfan Siddiqi, UC Berkeley. Chairman of Physics department Dr. Abdulaziz. Al-Aswad, graduate students, as well as researchers attended the seminar.
Dr. Irfan said that Quantum technologies promise unprecedented computational power because of the high density of information that can be stored in an array of entangled bits. The encoding and decoding of quantum signals with classical tools in an efficient manner is an outstanding challenge a topic of contemporary research.
He also described the status of superconducting quantum bits, open issues, and recent results on simulating the physics of information scrambling in black holes using quantum ternary logic
He added: Quantum mechanics is a theory that was developed to explain the properties of atoms and light. It is one of the most thoroughly tested and successful theories in the history of science. It is also one of the most controversial ones. For over 80 years, quantum mechanics has stirred up deep debate amongst physicists, in particular about the notion that an object can be in a coherent superposition of two states simultaneously. Moreover, since the mass of an object does not directly enter into the quantum formalism, the theory should be applicable to all objects in the universe, thus raising deep philosophical questions about how then one obtains classical behavior if the world is actually quantum.
Irfan Siddiqi received his AB (1997) in chemistry & physics from Harvard University. He then went on to receive a PhD (2002) in applied physics from Yale University. In 2006, Irfan was awarded the George E. Valley, Jr. prize by the American Physical Society for the development of the Josephson bifurcation amplifier. In 2007, he was awarded the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, the Hellman Family Faculty Fund, and the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Partnership Faculty Fund.