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“Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier” Preskill lecture at Kansas State Univ

John Preskill will present the 2017 Peterson Public Lecture in Physics at Kansas State University on April 18. The Peterson Public Lecture Series presents an annual public talk concerning cosmology or quantum mechanics. In the talk, "Preskill will explain why he loves quantum entanglement, the elusive feature making quantum information fundamentally different from information in [...]

April 14th, 2017|Lectures, News|0 Comments

Paper by Xie Chen “Symmetry Fractionalization in Two Dimensional Topological Phases” featured

A recent paper by Xie Chen Symmetry Fractionalization in Two Dimensional Topological Phases is available in Review in Physics. Symmetry fractionalization describes the fascinating phenomena that excitations in a 2D topological system can transform under symmetry in a fractional way. For example in fractional quantum Hall systems, excitations can carry fractional charges while the electrons [...]

March 15th, 2017|News, Publications|0 Comments

Preskill featured as the Oppenheimer Lecture speaker

John Preskill is presenting the 2017 Oppenheimer Lecture at the University of California Berkeley. The Oppenheimer lecture is a public lecture with a distinguished tradition. Past lecturers have included: Murray Gell-Mann, Kip Thorne, Freeman Dyson, Chen-Ning Yang, Robert Laughlin, Bruno Zumino, Edward Witten, Martin Rees, Michael Fisher, Stephen Hawking, David Mermin, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji , Frank Wilczek, Lisa [...]

February 27th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Chen and Endres awarded 2017 Sloan Research Awards

  Xie Chen, assistant professor of theoretical physics, and Manuel Endres, assistant professor of physics have been recognized as 2017 recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the fellowship recognizes early-career scholars; identifying some of the most promising scientific researchers working today. The first Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded [...]

February 21st, 2017|News|0 Comments

Union of two physics tools sheds light on quantum chaos

IQIM graduate student Nicole Yunger Halpern explores quantum chaos in her new publication Jarzynski-like equality for the out-of-time-ordered correlator What do black holes have in common with DNA? Black holes are chaotic quantum systems, which scramble information rapidly. DNA obeys fluctuation relations, equations that govern the energy needed to perform tasks like the uncoiling a [...]

January 26th, 2017|Publications|0 Comments

David Aasen receives Tombrello Award

Congratulations to Graduate Student David Aasen. He is the recipient of the Tombrello Award, sponsored by Dr. France Córdova. The award recipients were able to meet with Dr. Córdova during her December visit to Caltech. Additional recipients include: Michael Eastwood, the Neugebauer Award and Sarah Gossan the Garmire award. Graduate student recipients of awards sponsored [...]

December 12th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kitaev and Wen awarded 2017 APS Buckley Prize

Congratulations to Alexei Kitaev and Xiao-Gang Wen of MIT, 2017 winners of the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize. "For theories of topological order and its consequences in a broad range of physical systems." The purpose of the prize is to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. Read [...]

October 11th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quantum Cryptography MOOC begins October 10

Thomas Vidick and Stephanie Wehner from QuTech at the Delft University of Technology are teaching a MOOC course Quantum Cryptography with a classroom component at Caltech and at Delft. The course starts October 10, enroll through the edx.org website. Vidick describes the course "It's a hot topic, but there are very few resources for people [...]

October 5th, 2016|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Atom–atom interactions around the band edge of a photonic crystal waveguide

A new paper by the Kimble group reports initial observation of cooperative atom–atom interactions around the band edge of a photonic crystal waveguide. "In recent years, there has been considerable effort to bring ultracold atoms into the realm of nanophotonics. Nanoscopic dielectric devices offer unprecedented opportunities to engineer novel capabilities for the control of atom–photon [...]

September 28th, 2016|News, Publications|0 Comments