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Departmental Colloquium

Quantum Computation: A Computational Perspective  
Guest Speaker
Dr. Rod Canfield  
Guest Affiliation
University of Georgia, Department of Computer Science  
Dr. MIke Geller  
Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Physics 202  

In recent years, computer scientists and physicists have begun to investigate the possibility of a computer whose hardware utilizes quantum phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement.  There has developed a notion of a quantum algorithm, and examples are known of computational problems whose solution can be carried out in significantly less time by a quantum algorithm than by the currently best known traditional algorithm.  The lecture has the goal of giving the audience a succinct and meaningful definition of a quantum computer, some appreciation of what all the fuss is about, and the capability of interpreting future developments.