What Can We Do in Quantum Information Sciences
Abstract: Quantum information sciences (QIS) is a rising field where quantum mechanical coherence and entanglement are exploited, not only to explain various physical phenomena, but also to design devices for next-generation detectors, sensors, computers, and secure communications. Perhaps the most celebrated example is quantum computing, which not only allows the ability to perform calculations that would be exponentially difficult for a classical computer, but also allows the simulation of quantum systems themselves, of which there are few known exact solutions. The primary challenge facing this field is understanding the material properties that limit coherence of the devices, especially when coupled to other devices. In this talk, I will illustrate some applications of QIS, and also outline the kinds of materials development and characterization that will be needed to bring these technologies to the next level.