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Clarkson University Hosts Worldwide Quantum Device Technology Workshop
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Some 60 eminent scientists and engineers from around the world traveled to Clarkson University recently to attend an interdisciplinary scientific workshop focusing on the emerging field of quantum device technology. Institutions represented included Los Alamos National Laboratory, Institut fur Theoretische Festkorperphysik (Germany), Bar-Ilan University (Israel), Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Moscow), Harvard University and Northwestern University.
The Quantum Device Technology Workshop provided a forum for a discussion of applications in the new subjects of quantum computation and communication, quantum cryptology, spintronics, and quantum effects in nanosize semiconductor and mechanical devices. The meeting was sponsored by Clarkson’s newly established Center for Quantum Device Technology.
Clarkson Professor Vladimir Privman, director of the Center and one of the world’s leading experts in quantum computing, chaired the conference.
Privman explained how quantum physics may have an impact on future technology. “Today’s computers rely on the laws of classical physics to store and manipulate information digitally; tomorrow’s computers will need to handle unprecedented amounts of information at phenomenal speeds,” he said. “Such power cannot be achieved digitally; we will need to rely on quantum physics to manipulate the data at the atomic level.”
The goal of the workshop was to facilitate networking among top researchers and advance new ideas and applications in quantum device technology. The meeting is the first in a planned series of annual scientific meetings to be held at the Center.
The Clarkson Center for Quantum Device Technology was established last fall through a $1.6 million award from the National Science Foundation. Privman, who has a joint appointment in the Departments of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, leads an interdisciplinary research team of Clarkson scientists in Mathematics and Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Physics. The five-year grant is funding the research activities of the Center, which is housed in Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).