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Quantum Computing: Information Processed through the Principles of Quantum Mechanics

Prof Tien Kieu

Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Swinburne University of Technology

3.30pm, Friday 18 May 2001, Seminar Room (AR103), Graduate Research School

After three quarters of a century the exotic properties of quantum systems are now being examined for the processing of information and computing. In a model of quantum computing, quantum bits (or qubits) -- the generalisation of conventional bits-- are the smallest units of information to be manipulated according to the principles of uperposition, entanglement and finally measurement. In the few quantum algorithms available today, the quantum mechanical way proves to be far superior to the present-day classical computation. Such promising potential has prompted many gallant efforts around the world trying to overcome the decoherence problem in the realisation of quantum computers. This talk covers a brief introduction to quantum computing, including the quantum computer halting dilemma, and related issues of quantum mechanics, including those of measurement and quantum logic.

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