Quantum Computing Undergrad Labs

One of the cool talks at the northwest APS meeting I attend a little over a week ago was a talk by Mark Beck from Whitman college on implementing Hardy’s test of local realism in an undergraduate lab. I sure wish I’d had this lab when I was an undergraduate (as it is I most remember a lab in which we made a high temperature superconductor…mostly due, unfortunately, to the ungodly amount of time we spent trying to get the stuff to superconduct!) There aren’t many labs where you can get your hands on an experiment related to quantum informatino information processing, are there. In fact the only other one I know of is in the Junior lab at MIT where they do an NMR quantum computing experiment. Anyone know of any other undergraduate labs which are relevant to quantum computing?

9 Replies to “Quantum Computing Undergrad Labs”

  1. Hey, Mr. Neologista (Dr. Neologista?), I think your fingers just generated a good one inadvertently — “quantum informatino” — the smallest indivisible unit of quantum information? smallest unit of quantum research, perhaps? Sounds like a massless particle.
    –Rod, Neologista Manque (yes, I read Anu Garg)

  2. I’m working on one right now for an introductory physics class for non-majors, believe it or not, as well as one for my modern physics class. I already teach Bell’s inequalities in both classes.

  3. I think “informatino” should be the unit of correlation that does not transmit any information FTL. By analogy to the neutrino, which carries spin but no charge or mass.

  4. I think “informatino” should be the unit of correlation that does not transmit any information FTL. By analogy to the neutrino, which carries spin but no charge or mass.
    Are you predicting that someday we will discover that the informatino indeed does have mass and there for can be used to transmit information FTL? 🙂

  5. I repeat, over and over again to teflon-minded scientists—-never try to find an electron/photon connection using a Pentium chip with 1-way transmission expecting to find a 2-way communication system. Switch from grid computing to hyperfractals. All the enigmas of quantum computing are hidden in plain sight. Using hyperfractal architecture solve for:
    1. The Unified Field Theory—the exact center of the hyperfractal, pair-to-pair, fractal-to-fractal, field-to-field, electrons-to-photons, quantum-to-quantum and serial-to-parallel.
    2. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle—the hyperfractal is a holistic wiring diagram of nature’s self-organizing principle—absolute certainty, no compromise. (Do not use the word “entangle”—it’s too imprecise.
    3. Quantum Compute—but only after you have scrapped all the transistors and clocks. 64-bit computer will never catch up with a 100,000,000- qubit parallel multiprocessor. Artificial will never duplicate natural.
    4. Factor any number—no matter how large. The hyperfractal is a natural encrypter/decrypter with infinite capacity to project/reflect in realtime. Pair-to-pair, field-to-field, etc.
    5. Lossless compression—-just remove the obstructive transistors and there is nothing to compress. A hyperfractal is an essential diagnostic tool for studying electrons/photons in action, pair-to-pair, serial-to-parallel etc.
    6. One 100,000,000-qubit computer will cause multi-millions of 64-bit computers to crash. I’m a writer/futurist projecting a Post-Pentium world that emerges from transistorized Dark Ages to a new period of enlightenment. To see the real world as it is, take the 64-bit blinders off first.
    Carla Hein

  6. I visited the physics department at York University in Toronto last year and they were setting up an undergrad ion lab trap. (Not factorization-ready, unfortunately…)

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