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UGA Physics Alumna Emily Pritchett, PhD on the New APS Division of Quantum Information

December 12, 2019

Currently with The IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York, Emily is the Secretary and Treasurer for the APS DQI

Born in the 1980s, Quantum information is one of the newest fields in physics, and it's growing fast. In 2002, members of the American Physical Society (APS) formed the Topical Group on Quantum Information, Concepts, and Computation (or “Quicc”). This eventually evolved into the Topical Group on Quantum Information (GQI) in 2005. After a decade of work growing its membership and increasing the visibility of quantum information, this group achieved full division status in 2017, becoming DQI.

Now 2,400 members strong, DQI ranks among the largest divisions at APS. DQI secretary/treasurer Emily Pritchett, a research scientist at IBM, said that the vibrancy of the division today represents an important symbolic victory for the field in general. 

“A decade ago, typical for a new subfield of physics, there was doubt as to whether quantum information was a credible field that belonged in academic physics departments,” she explained. “Of course, one only has to compare the job opportunities now to those a decade ago to see that this [field] has been enormously successful.”

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Emily Pritchett

Emily Pritchett obtained her PhD in physics from the University of Georgia in 2010. Her dissertation "Quantum Computation: Devices, Gate Design, and Quantum Simulation" focused on design and use of early quantum computers based on superconducting electrical circuits. Her supervisor, Michael Geller, says that her work on quantum simulation with noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) devices was many years ahead of its time. After graduation, Emily was a postdoc at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Canada. She also worked at Hughes Research Lab in Malibu before joining the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York.

Read the Full Article: https://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201911/dqi.cfm

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