Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Christopher Monroe -- Quantum Technology: Putting Weirdness to Use
Quantum information science in the 21st century links two pillars of 20th century thought: information theory and quantum mechanics. This new field exploits the bizarre features of quantum mechanics--uncertainty, entanglement, and measurement--to perform tasks that are impossible using conventional means. We anticipate that exotic quantum hardware such as individual trapped atoms and single photons will not only find their way into 21st century technology, but also bring quantum weirdness to the forefront and stimulate new ways of thinking about fundamental aspects of the physical world.
Christopher Monroe of the Joint Quantum Institute and the University of Maryland, is an experimental atomic physicist who specializes in the isolation of individual atoms for studies in quantum physics and applications in quantum information science. After getting his undergraduate degree from MIT and PhD at the University of Colorado, he spent 1992-2000 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. With 2012 Nobel Laureate David Wineland, Monroe led the research team that demonstrated the first quantum logic gate in 1995, and exploited the use of trapped atoms for applications in quantum information science. In 2000, Monroe became Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he spearheaded the use of single photons to couple quantum information between atoms and also demonstrated the first electromagnetic atom trap integrated on a semiconductor chip. From 2006-2007 was the Director of the Ultrafast Optics Center at the University of Michigan. In 2007 he became the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute. In 2008, Monroe's group succeeded in producing quantum entanglement between two widely separated atoms and for the first time teleported quantum information between atoms separated by a large distance. His Maryland laboratory currently controls the largest collection of interacting quantum bits.
Lecture location TBD; Optional pre-lecture pay-your-own dinner @ location TBD.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Christopher Codella, Ph.D. -- IBM Watson
Dinner meeting @ Maggiano's Chevy Chase.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Seminar Series -- The Brain
Six-session series on the brain. Tuesdays October through March: October 21, November 18, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10. Note that the October meeting has been changed to the third Tuesday rather than the usual second, to accommodate speaker availability. Dinner meetings at Maggiano's Chevy Chase.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Matt Brinkman -- Reviving the American Chestnut Tree
Our speaker is The American Chestnut Foundation's Mid-Atlantic Regional Scientist. Location TBD.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Daniel E. Hastings -- Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
Professor Hastings is the Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) initiative. Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Annual Career Workshop
Joint with the Sloan School. Workshop and sandwich buffet. Date is tentative. Location TBD.