The first transistor was designed at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey in 1947 by William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain.

Quantum computers exploit the bizarre features of quantum mechanics to perform tasks that are impossible using conventional means. Sending instantaneous messages across long distances or quickly computing over ungodly amounts of data are just two possibilities that arise if we can design computers to exploit quantum uncertainty, entanglement, and measurement.

In this SFI Community Lecture, scientist Christopher Monroe describes the architecture of a quantum computer based on individual atoms, suspended and isolated with electric fields, and individually addressed with laser beams. This leading physical representation of a quantum computer has allowed demonstrations of small algorithms and emulations of hard quantum problems with more than 50 quantum bits. While this system can solve some esoteric tasks that cannot be accomplished in conventional devices, it remains a great challenge to build a quantum computer big enough to be useful for society. But the good news is that we don’t see any fundamental limits to scaling atomic quantum computers, and Monroe speculates as to how this might happen.

Christopher Monroe is a leading atomic physicist and quantum information scientist. He demonstrated the first quantum gate realized in any system at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the 1990s. At University of Michigan and University of Maryland, he discovered new ways to scale trapped ion qubits and simplify their control with semiconductor chip traps, simplified lasers, and photonic interfaces for long-distance entanglement. He received the American Physical Society I. I. Rabi Prize and the Arthur Schawlow Laser Science Prize, and has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. He is Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at IonQ in College Park, MD.

Join us on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. for this community lecture at The Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat through The Lensic.

Residents of Santa Fe are encouraged to attend in person. Those unable to attend can watch the talk live on SFI's YouTube page.

SFI’s 2018 Community Lecture Series is supported by Thornburg Investment Management, with additional support provided by The Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.