The International Race for a Quantum Computer
Silicon transistors, the essential building block of most modern electronic devices, cannot shrink much further without being rendered inoperable by quantum mechanics. This classical-quantum threshold in fact presents a tremendous opportunity: if we harness quantum mechanics, rather than attempt to avoid it, we could build a quantum computer. Quantum computers will open up a world of opportunities — they could accomplish certain computational tasks exponentially faster which would otherwise be forever impractical. During this lecture, Dr. Simmons will discusses various quantum computing approaches, how quantum technologies will change our lives in a very fundamental way, and provides a snapshot of the accelerating worldwide race to build a prototype.
Dr. Stephanie Simmons earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science at Oxford University in 2011 as a Clarendon Scholar. She Joined Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Quantum Nanoelectronics in the fall of 2015. Stephanie works on silicon-based spin qubits with the particular aim to develop CMOS-compatible scalable quantum technology solutions. Her work on silicon qubits was awarded a Physics World Top Ten Breakthrough of the Year of 2013 and again in 2015. Her work has been covered by the New York Times, CBC, BBC, Scientific American, the New Scientist, and others.