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Departmental Colloquium

The Upside Down World of Random Quantum Systems  
Guest Speaker
Prof. Michael Geller  
Guest Affiliation
UGA Department of Physics and Astronomy  
Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Physics Auditorium (Rm 202)  

I will explain the idea that random quantum states and systems have universal physical attributes that make them all look alike. This is a consequence of a rigorous geometric property of hyperspheres, and is in stark contrast to what we are used to, where the wave functions of a free particle, atom, and oscillator are all different. I will use this idea to motivate a challenge for quantum computers to test for these universal physical attributes, thereby testing whether or not a given simulated quantum system is "typical“.