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What is Quantum Computing? Why should you care? (zs)

  • Tue, January 04, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Virtual
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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to a major research and development program that aims to apply quantum computing to the solution of problems that cannot be solved with “classical” computers. But what is a quantum computer and what sorts of problems can it solve? Professor Mark Saffman, Director of the Wisconsin Quantum Institute, will tell us what’s going on in research at WQI and how the results of that research are likely to affect the world in which we live.

Mark is an experimental physicist working in the areas of atomic physics, quantum and nonlinear optics, and quantum information processing. He has made significant contributions to the physics of optical solitons, pattern formation, sources of entangled light, and quantum computing. His current research effort is devoted to the development of neutral atom based quantum computing devices. His research team was the first to demonstrate a quantum CNOT gate between two trapped neutral atoms, and the deterministic entanglement of a pair of neutral atoms. This was done using dipole mediated interactions between highly excited Rydberg atoms. He is currently developing scalable neutral atom platforms using arrays of trapped atoms.

He is a Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Director of the Wisconsin Quantum Institute (, and Chief Scientist for Quantum Information at ColdQuanta, Inc. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America and has been recognized with the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and a University of Wisconsin Vilas Associate Award. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Physical Review A.

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Registration Deadline:  Thursday, November 4


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