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April 18, 2017

Peterson Public Lecture on Public Physics is today

By Kim Coy

Prof. John Preskill

John Preskill, Richard P. Feynman professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, will present "Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in 101 Cardwell Hall. The lecture is free and the public is invited.

Preskill will discuss how the quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and that information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that can be baffling.

Preskill will explain why he loves quantum entanglement, the elusive feature making quantum information fundamentally different from information in the macroscopic world. By exploiting quantum entanglement, quantum computers should be able to solve otherwise intractable problems, with far-reaching applications to cryptology, materials and fundamental physical science.

Refreshments will be available at 4 p.m. in 119 Cardwell Hall.

The Chester Peterson Jr. Public Lecture Series in Physics is supported by an endowment from Chester Peterson Jr. aimed at publicizing and presenting an annual public lecture series concerning cosmology or quantum mechanics.

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