Applied Physics Students Present Lectures on Quantum Computing

Undergraduate students of the applied physics majors participated in an undergraduate seminar titled "Qubits: How to Build a Quantum Computer.”

The seminar took place throughout the Fall 2018 semester and gave students a first hand look into the rapidly developing field of quantum computing. Applied physics students heard from APAM Professors Irving Herman, William Bailey, Alex Gaeta, and Michael Mauel and also from Dr. Nick Bronn, an applied physicist in the Experimental Quantum Computing Group at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center.

After learning how to make and manipulate states of quantum information, each member of the graduating class of 2018 prepared a lecture on a related topic of their choice. Xin Chen lectured on "Density functional theory's computational study of ferroelectricity;" Christian Cruz Godoy on "Quantum Biology: The origins of life explained through quantum mechanics;" Shengyao Du on "Verification of Quantum Computing;" Roy Garcia on "Trapping and Manipulating Ions in an Ion Trap Quantum Computer;" Betty Hu on "Josephson Junctions and SQUIDs;" Shangyu Jiang lectured on the topic of "Solving Laplace's equation and Schrodinger's equation;" Rebecca Latto on "Ghost imaging: a quantum optics topic;" and Chengcheng Xin presented a lecture on "Shor's algorithm."

More information about this year’s applied physics undergraduate seminar is available online at http://sites.apam.columbia.edu/courses/apph4903x/.

Article by Prof. Michael Mauel
Photo:
Shengyao Du, SEAS 2018, presenting his lecture on "Verification of Quantum Computing.”


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