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TNT Colloquium: Calculating with Entanglement: Nuclear Physics with Quantum Devices [Duke]

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Tuesday, October 01, 2019
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3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Natalie Klco (University of Washington)
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Triangle Nuclear Theory Colloquium

Studying nature directly from fundamental degrees of freedom is often computationally
limited by physical characteristics of exponentially growing conguration (Hilbert) spaces with par-
ticle number and signal-to-noise problems. This leaves many systems of interest to nuclear physics
intractable for known algorithms with current and foreseeable classical computational resources. By
leveraging their natural capacity to describe entangled many-body states, the use of quantum sys-
tems themselves to form a computational framework leads to constructions of basic quantum field
theories with resource requirements that are expected to scale only polynomially with the precision
and size of the system. In this talk, I will present an overview of recent progress in, and the potential
for, manipulating controllable quantum devices to pursue computational access to our microscopic
descriptions of nature.

Contact: Jennifer Solis